Moon phases


Wondering what's the moon phase today? The moon rotates around the Earth every 29.5 days. During this time, it forms 8 main phases till the next full moon:

🌑 New moon occurs when the Moon cannot be seen because we are looking at the unlit half of the Moon. The new moon phase occurs when the Moon is directly between the Earth and Sun. A solar eclipse can only happen at new moon.
🌒 Waxing crescent moon occurs when the Moon looks like crescent and the crescent increases ("waxes") in size from one day to the next.
🌓 First quarter moon occurs when half of the lit portion of the Moon is visible after the waxing crescent phase. It occurs approximately a week after new moon.
🌔 Waxing gibbous moon occurs when more than half of the lit portion of the Moon can be seen and the shape increases ("waxes") in size from one day to the next. The waxing gibbous phase occurs between the first quarter and full moon phases.
🌕 Full moon occurs when we can see the entire lit portion of the Moon.
🌖 Waning gibbous moon occurs when more than half of the lit portion of the Moon can be seen and the shape decreases ("wanes") in size from one day to the next. The waning gibbous phase occurs between the full moon and third quarter phases.
🌗 Last quarter moon (or a half moon) occurs when half of the lit portion of the Moon is visible after the waning gibbous phase.
🌘 Waning crescent moon occurs when the Moon looks like the crescent and the crescent decreases ("wanes") in size from one day to the next.
Old moon occurs when a moon with only a tiny bit of it seen in the corner, about to turn into a new moon.

Check out this moon phase article for more detailed information on the lunar cycle.

September 2018 lunar calendar



A simple 8 phase lunar calendar with all the major moon phases at a glance. September 2018 calendar with moon phases. Know when is the next full moon




September 2018 moon phase calendar



A simple 4 phase blank lunar calendar with just the 4 main moon phases at a glance. September 2018 calendar with moon phases. Know what is the moon phase today




September 2018 moon phase calendar with USA holidays



A simple 4 phase lunar calendar with just the main 4 phases, and U.S. Holidays/Observations. September 2018 calendar with moon phases and holidays for the next full moon




Moon and star gazing

Mankind has always been enamoured with the night sky. Grab a telescope, and your family, and inspect our very own moon up close. Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope at Amazon.com

This is a great little book to accompany your viewing. This is exactly how I got started and a quick and simple way to start stargazing with your little ones.