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
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!