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Moon Phases

Throughout our lifetimes, the moon will exert its mystical pull on all living things; from the minutest creature to our entire planet, from the tides to our emotions, and continues to enthrall mankind as it has for thousands of years.

Every twenty-nine and a half days, the moon completes what is known as a lunation cycle, starting and ending with the new moon.  During each phase of the cycle, it presents a different face to the Planet Earth.

No matter where you stand on the Earth during any one given time, the moon is in the same phase, because its phase is directly related to the relative position of the Earth, Moon, and Sun.

During the full of the moon, it rises at approximately sunset; and rises approximately 48 minutes later during each succeeding evening; however, the new moon rises at approximately the same time that the sun rises. The rising-time of the moon is directly related to its phase.

While most people are familiar with the names of the four "major" phases of the moon, many have never heard the term "gibbous", which describes the moon as as a nearly complete disc with only a sliver missing.  The waxing gibbous moon occurs after the first quarter but before the full of the moon, while the waning gibbous occurs shortly after the full moon, but before the last quarter.

Because of the its influence over us, we're always being asked what phase the moon is in.  We offer to you now a new aspect of the site...our Monthly Moon Phase Page.  Enjoy!

 

New Moon

Waxing Crescent Moon

First Quarter Moon

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Full Moon

Waning Gibbous Moon

Last Quarter Moon

Waning Crescent Moon

All Phases calculated on Universal Time

 

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