The Phases of the Moon


As the Moon moves in its orbit around the Sun, our view of the side illuminated by the Sun changes.

Furthermore, the rising and setting times of the Moon change with the moon phase in a predictable manner.

  • The moon rises 50 minutes later each day.


    Can you figure out the rising and setting times of the Moon at each phase?


  • Click here for the graphical display that shows how the Moon's appearance varies through the month.

    Or here to learn what phase the Moon is in now. This is an external link.


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