Moon Phases – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Moon Phases


Moon Phases

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  name amount illuminated increasing / decreasing

New Moon

New Moon none unilluminated side faces the earth.
Waxing Crescent Waxing Crescent less than half increasing
First Quarter First Quarter half increasing
Waxing Gibbous Waxing Gibbous between half and full increasing
Full Moon Full Moon all illuminated side faces the earth.
Waning Gibbous Waning Gibbous between half and full decreasing
Last Quarter Last Quarter half decreasing
Waning Crescent Waning Cresent less than half decreasing

Notes The moon passes between the earth and the sun approximately every 29½ days, at which point there is a new moon.
Honey Moon The June full moon is called the Mead or Honey Moon. Traditionally, a honey drink was taken after wedding ceremonies held on the Summer Solstice. This is the derivation of  the term honeymoon.
Harvest Moon The moon at and about the period of fullness that is nearest to the autumnal equinox is called the Harvest Moon.
Hunter’s Moon The first full moon after the Harvest Moon is called the Hunter’s Moon (also known as Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon).
Blue Moon There are occasionally two full moons in one month. The second moon of the month is called a blue moon.
Dark Moon When two new moons occur in a month, the second is called a dark moon.