Shooting The Star

Moon-Gazing

Moon is the natural satellite of Earth and the fifth largest natural satellite in our solar system, It revolves around us, while the Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun. Through this phenomenon, we can see the difference in the appearance of the moon daily.

If the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun in its orbit, then the back side of the Moon is lit up and the side facing the Earth is in darkness. This is called a new moon.

If the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, then the near side of the Moon will be fully lit up: a full Moon.

A full Moon happens roughly every 29.5 days. This is the length of time it takes for the Moon to go through one whole lunar phase cycle.

Interesting fact- “The Moon always shows Earth the same face.”

The Moon is a spherical rocky body, probably with a slight metallic core, revolving around the Earth in a slightly eccentric orbit at a mean distance of about 384,000 km (238,600 miles). Its equatorial radius is 1,738 km (1,080 miles), and its shape is slightly flattened so that it bulges a little in the direction of Earth.

The Moon appears in different shapes in the sky depending on its ‘phase’, from the new moon to the full moon via ‘waxing’ (growing) and ‘waning’ (shrinking) moons. These phases are determined by the relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and Moon.

Full Moons in 2024

Date

Weekday

25 January

Thursday

24 February

Saturday

25 March

Monday

24 April

Wednesday

23 May

Thursday

22 June

Saturday

21 July

Sunday

29 August

Monday

18 September

Wednesday

17 October

Thursday

16 November

Saturday

15 December

Sunday

New Moons in 2024

Date

Weekday

11 January

Thursday

10 February

Saturday

10 March

Sunday

8 April

Monday

8 May

Wednesday

6 June

Thursday

6 July

Saturday

4 August

Sunday

3 September

Tuesday

3 October

Thursday

1 November

Friday

1 December

Sunday

31 December

Tuesday

The Moon-gazing service provides you with a glimpse of the Moon, its craters, and all eight phases of the Moon, which are in order: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, and Waning Crescent. Depending on the day and the weather conditions.

“It is no secret that the Moon has no light of her own but is, as it were, a mirror, receiving brightness from the influence of the Sun.”

-Vitruvius

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