Group U: Phases Of The Moon

You may have noticed that the Moon seems to glow and change shape every month or so. I shall answer these two questions in order.

Question 1: Why is the Moon glowing?

The Moon is not luminous. The way the moon seems to glow is by the suns light traveling over the earth and reflecting off the moon, and then traveling to your eyes, letting you see the light that comes off the moon.


Question 2: The Phases of the moon.

The phases of the Moon depend on its position in relation to the Sun and Earth. As the Moon makes its way around the Earth, we see the reflected light from the Moon's surface at different angles. These are called "phases" of the Moon.

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The phases of the moon work in a cycle starting with the new moon. A complete cycle of the Moon's phases from new Moon to full Moon takes twenty nine and a half days. This is known as a Lunar month.

Did you know?…

Waxing means growing and waning means shrinking, and One appropriate definition of gibbous is swollen on one side.!

Countries near the equator see the crescent moon shaped like a smile!

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