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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 Monday, May 6, 2024 and ends on Monday, June 3, 2024.

Moon Phase Date Visibility
🌑New Moon Monday, May 6, 2024 1.32%
🌑New Moon Tuesday, May 7, 2024 0%
🌑New Moon Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1.47%
🌒Waxing Crescent Thursday, May 9, 2024 5.45%
🌒Waxing Crescent Friday, May 10, 2024 11.51%
🌒Waxing Crescent Saturday, May 11, 2024 19.13%
🌒Waxing Crescent Sunday, May 12, 2024 27.83%
🌓First Quarter Monday, May 13, 2024 37.16%
🌓First Quarter Tuesday, May 14, 2024 46.77%
🌓First Quarter Wednesday, May 15, 2024 56.33%
🌓First Quarter Thursday, May 16, 2024 65.58%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Friday, May 17, 2024 74.25%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Saturday, May 18, 2024 82.09%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Sunday, May 19, 2024 88.84%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Monday, May 20, 2024 94.21%
🌕Full Moon Tuesday, May 21, 2024 97.96%
🌕Full Moon Wednesday, May 22, 2024 99.83%
🌕Full Moon Thursday, May 23, 2024 99.62%
🌕Full Moon Friday, May 24, 2024 97.21%
🌖Waning Gibbous Saturday, May 25, 2024 92.6%
🌖Waning Gibbous Sunday, May 26, 2024 85.9%
🌖Waning Gibbous Monday, May 27, 2024 77.36%
🌗Last Quarter Tuesday, May 28, 2024 67.36%
🌗Last Quarter Wednesday, May 29, 2024 56.38%
🌗Last Quarter Thursday, May 30, 2024 44.97%
🌗Last Quarter Friday, May 31, 2024 33.72%
🌘Waning Crescent Saturday, June 1, 2024 23.27%
🌘Waning Crescent Sunday, June 2, 2024 14.21%
🌘Waning Crescent Monday, June 3, 2024 7.1%