Phases of the Moon

There are eight phases of the moon that are seen throughout one whole cycle. These are: New Moon, Waxing Crescent Moon, Quarter Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon, Last Quarter Moon, and the Waning Crescent Moon. More information on the phases of the moon, visit Emporia .

Many people wonder what makes up the different phases of the moon. The most basic explanation is that these phases occur because of the changing angles between the Earth, moon and the sun. These angles occur when the moon orbits the Earth, which can be read about at Moon Connection . More information on why these phases occur can be read about at Moon Phases and Usno . It takes about 29 and ½ days for the moon to make one complete cycle of its phases. To learn more about this, go to Timbeauchamp , and read Astronomy for popular misconceptions in the field of Astronomy and the moon.

There are many facts that are interesting to learn about the moon. These include how big it is compared to the Earth, how far away it is from the sun, and much more. To read about many interesting facts concerning the moon, go to Universe Today and Wikipedia . To compare the difference in size between the Earth and moon, visit Free Mars , and for information on the distance it takes to travel to the moon, go to Astronomy Tidbits . Trivia Library offers fun facts about the moon’s size, orbit, craters and much more. Star Date shows its visitors a picture of every phase of the moon for the whole month, in side-by-side form. For a fun program concerning the moon’s phases, go to Moon Connection

Eclipses happen when one object, such as the sun, gets in the way of the moon. Another eclipse is when the moon gets in the way of the sun which require special eye glasses for viewing because looking directly into the sun can cause damage to the retinas. For more information on what eclipses are, go to Star Child. To learn all about eclipses and what causes them, visit Eclipse and Space.