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Moon Phases

waxing, waning, shapes, why the moon has phases, order of phases

The moon, sun & earth form a 90 degree angle so the moon facing the earth is half dark & half bright. Visible part of moon gets smaller as it travels to the new moon phase. waxing crescent
Less than a 1/4 of the moon is visible. The visible part is getting larger as the moon moves from the new moon phase toward the 1st quarter phase. waxing gibbous
Less than a 1/4 of the moon is visible, & the visible part is getting smaller as the moon moves toward the new moon phase. waning crescent
More than 1/4 of the moon is visible & the visible part is becoming smaller as the moon moves toward the 3rd quarter phase. waning gibbous
Why does the moon have phases? The moon has phases because it orbits the earth.
Order of the phases: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full moon, Waning gibbous, 3rd Q, Waning Crescent.
Created by: Alex Jackson