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The Phases of the Moon

I know, a few weeks have passed since my last blog item. I have a giveaway post – and a box or two of goodies – to share with you. While I get my thoughts and shipping materials together, here is a guest post.

In the past, the moon was my companion on many late nights when I couldn’t think clearly. Now I look up and see the moon smiling at me. My favorite thing is how the phases of the moon are predictable, including a renewal and fresh start. I think this is a great post to share on my birthday!

Read below for what to call the different shapes and phases of the moon. Hint: None of them are “skinny moon”!

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Lovers do it, sailors do it, and children do it too. It’s called Moon-gazing. Our attraction to the moon has gripped us since the beginning of time. But the moon does more than just sit pretty in the sky. It’s busy orbiting the earth, and while doing so offering different views for us to enjoy.

As the earth and its moon rotate around the sun, the sunlit portions of the moon display the familiar shapes of the full moon, new moon and the crescent shaped moons.

Throughout its revolution around the earth, the moon goes through eight stages within roughly a 28-day period. The eight stages of the moon are as follows:

New Moon
At all times the sun is illuminating exactly half of the moon. With a new moon, the entire portion that is illuminated is on the backside of the moon, the side we cannot see. At this point the moon is positioned between the earth and the sun.

Full Moon
At the full moon, the moon is positioned between the earth and sun just as it is during the new moon but on the opposite side of the earth. The sunlit part of the moon is facing us while the shadowed portion is hidden from view.

First & Third Quarter Moon
Half moons, both the first quarter moon and third quarter moon, occur when the moon is at a 90-degree angle with the earth and sun. When this happens we see exactly half of the moon illuminated and half in shadow.

Waxing Crescent
The waxing crescent phase is when the moon is less than half illuminated and expanding in illumination giving it a crescent shape. This waxing moon occurs after the new moon.

Waxing Gibbous
The waxing gibbous moon is when the moon is more than half illuminated. It occurs after the first quarter when the sunlit portion is increasing.

Waning Gibbous
After the full moon, the light continually decreases. The waning gibbous phase of shrinking or decreasing in illumination occurs next.

Waning Crescent
The waning crescent moon follows the third quarter phase. During this time the light becomes less visible until it is gone and a new moon appears.

The moon’s orbit about the earth varies approximately 5 degrees from the earth-sun orbital plane. Subsequently, a full moon does not block the sun. However, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon, during a full moon phase, blocks the sun or part of it. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth casts a shadow on the moon, which can also only happen during the full moon phase.

When is the last time you looked at the moon?

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