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Moon cycle

Moon cycle

The celestial dance of the moon as it orbits the Earth, taking approximately 29.5 days to complete one full cycle, is punctuated by its mesmerizing display of different phases - from the eerie new moon to the brilliantly radiant full moon.
These phases are an awe-inspiring spectacle, the result of the interplay between the sun's illumination and the moon's position relative to the Earth. As the moon travels through its orbit, the varying amount of its surface that is lit by the sun creates a rhythmic progression of phases - from the barely visible waxing crescent, to the half-lit first quarter, to the near full waxing gibbous, to the fullest expression of the full moon, followed by the waning gibbous, last quarter, and finally the waning crescent.

The Moon phases

An ever-changing lunar tapestry unfolds as the moon moves through its eight phases - from the faint sliver of the new moon, to the waxing crescent's gradual growth, to the sharply defined first quarter, to the waxing gibbous' almost complete illumination. The full moon then takes center stage, only to give way to the waning gibbous, the third quarter's decrease in light, and finally the waning crescent's gentle descent into darkness.

The celestial mechanics of the moon's phases are a testament to the delicate interplay between the Earth, moon, and sun. The moon, in its stately orbit around our planet, presents a constantly evolving visage, as the amount of its surface illuminated by the sun changes, creating a visual rhythm known as its phase.
As the moon moves in its orbit, the delicate balance between the Earth, moon, and sun dictates the amount of the moon's illuminated surface visible from our vantage point, painting a breathtaking picture of the celestial dance between these celestial bodies.

Current Moon cycle

Current Moon cycle begins on Friday, January 20, 2023 and ends on Friday, February 17, 2023.

Moon Phase Date Visibility
🌑New Moon Friday, January 20, 2023 0.68%
🌑New Moon Saturday, January 21, 2023 0.18%
🌑New Moon Sunday, January 22, 2023 2.73%
🌒Waxing Crescent Monday, January 23, 2023 8.07%
🌒Waxing Crescent Tuesday, January 24, 2023 15.65%
🌒Waxing Crescent Wednesday, January 25, 2023 24.82%
🌓First Quarter Thursday, January 26, 2023 34.92%
🌓First Quarter Friday, January 27, 2023 45.35%
🌓First Quarter Saturday, January 28, 2023 55.66%
🌓First Quarter Sunday, January 29, 2023 65.45%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Monday, January 30, 2023 74.43%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Tuesday, January 31, 2023 82.35%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Wednesday, February 1, 2023 89%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Thursday, February 2, 2023 94.2%
🌕Full Moon Friday, February 3, 2023 97.81%
🌕Full Moon Saturday, February 4, 2023 99.71%
🌕Full Moon Sunday, February 5, 2023 99.83%
🌕Full Moon Monday, February 6, 2023 98.15%
🌖Waning Gibbous Tuesday, February 7, 2023 94.68%
🌖Waning Gibbous Wednesday, February 8, 2023 89.49%
🌖Waning Gibbous Thursday, February 9, 2023 82.71%
🌖Waning Gibbous Friday, February 10, 2023 74.5%
🌗Last Quarter Saturday, February 11, 2023 65.1%
🌗Last Quarter Sunday, February 12, 2023 54.8%
🌗Last Quarter Monday, February 13, 2023 44%
🌗Last Quarter Tuesday, February 14, 2023 33.16%
🌘Waning Crescent Wednesday, February 15, 2023 22.85%
🌘Waning Crescent Thursday, February 16, 2023 13.75%
🌘Waning Crescent Friday, February 17, 2023 6.54%