4Quick facts for the back… Wax means to get biggerWane means to get smallerWax on/wax off (visibility begins from the far right and gradually increases until a full moon is reached. After it is reached, the right side fades away until the next new moon.Moon phase completion takes 29 days and 12 hours completing a Lunar Calendar.
5Phases of the Moon Waxing crescent New Moon Moon lies between the sun and the EarthSide facing Earth is darkMoon is NOT visible (EXCEPT during a Solar Eclipse)Less than a quarter of the moon is visibleThe visible part slowly becomes largerYou see the moon from the right side with lightBackwards “C”
6Phases of the Moon Waxing Gibbous First Quarter Moon forms a 90˚ angle with the sun and EarthRight half of the moon is visible (light)Left half is dark2 equal halvesClose to full moon visibilityMore than a quarter is visible on EarthSlight darkness on the far left side
7Phases of the Moon Full Moon Waning Gibbous The moon is aligned with the Sun and Earth (Earth is in the middle)The entire side of the moon facing Earth is bright (visible)More than a quarter is visibleFar right side is darkVisible portion is becoming smaller
8Phases of the Moon Last Quarter Waning Crescent Moon, Sun, and Earth form a 90˚ angle, so the side facing earth is half dark/half brightVisible part will slowly get smallerVisible part is the left side with right side darkLess than a quarter is visibleVisible part is getting smaller towards the new moonOnly a sliver on the left side is visible, right side is all hiddenLooks like the letter “C”