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Lunar Phases

Review of Moon Phases

QuestionAnswer
How many weeks does it take to go from New Moon back to another New Moon? 4 weeks
What do you see with a New Moon? No moon is visible (dark)
What do you see at 1st quarter? Half of the moon is visible (shines on right side)
What do you see at 3rd quarter? Half of the moon is visible (shines on left side)
How many weeks does it take to go from 1st quarter to 3rd quarter? 2 weeks
What do you see with a full moon? Whole moon is visible
What does a waxing moon mean? Moon is getting more visible (moon is shining on right side)
What does waning moon mean? Moon is getting less visible (shining part of the moon is on left side)
What does a crescent moon mean? Less than a quarter is visible (crescent shape)
How long does a moon revolution take? 1 month (4 weeks)
What does a gibbous moon mean? Most of the moon is visible but not quite full
When would you expect to see the waxing gibbous moon? Before or after full moon Before a full moon
When would you expect to see a waning gibbous moon? Before or after a full moon After a full moon
About how many days it take to get from a new moon to a 1st quarter? 7 days
How many weeks does it take to get from a full moon to a third quarter? 1 week
Created by: mharlan