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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 Saturday, November 11, 2023 and ends on Saturday, December 9, 2023.

Moon Phase Date Visibility
🌑New Moon Saturday, November 11, 2023 1.52%
🌑New Moon Sunday, November 12, 2023 0.04%
🌑New Moon Monday, November 13, 2023 0.75%
🌑New Moon Tuesday, November 14, 2023 3.75%
🌒Waxing Crescent Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9.02%
🌒Waxing Crescent Thursday, November 16, 2023 16.38%
🌒Waxing Crescent Friday, November 17, 2023 25.49%
🌓First Quarter Saturday, November 18, 2023 35.92%
🌓First Quarter Sunday, November 19, 2023 47.12%
🌓First Quarter Monday, November 20, 2023 58.52%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Tuesday, November 21, 2023 69.51%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Wednesday, November 22, 2023 79.49%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Thursday, November 23, 2023 87.9%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Friday, November 24, 2023 94.29%
🌕Full Moon Saturday, November 25, 2023 98.36%
🌕Full Moon Sunday, November 26, 2023 99.97%
🌕Full Moon Monday, November 27, 2023 99.18%
🌕Full Moon Tuesday, November 28, 2023 96.21%
🌖Waning Gibbous Wednesday, November 29, 2023 91.34%
🌖Waning Gibbous Thursday, November 30, 2023 84.93%
🌖Waning Gibbous Friday, December 1, 2023 77.31%
🌗Last Quarter Saturday, December 2, 2023 68.83%
🌗Last Quarter Sunday, December 3, 2023 59.77%
🌗Last Quarter Monday, December 4, 2023 50.41%
🌗Last Quarter Tuesday, December 5, 2023 41.01%
🌗Last Quarter Wednesday, December 6, 2023 31.84%
🌘Waning Crescent Thursday, December 7, 2023 23.18%
🌘Waning Crescent Friday, December 8, 2023 15.37%
🌘Waning Crescent Saturday, December 9, 2023 8.76%