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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 Wednesday, July 3, 2024 and ends on Thursday, August 1, 2024.

Moon Phase Date Visibility
🌑New Moon Wednesday, July 3, 2024 3.67%
🌑New Moon Thursday, July 4, 2024 0.7%
🌑New Moon Friday, July 5, 2024 0.05%
🌑New Moon Saturday, July 6, 2024 1.6%
🌒Waxing Crescent Sunday, July 7, 2024 5.14%
🌒Waxing Crescent Monday, July 8, 2024 10.39%
🌒Waxing Crescent Tuesday, July 9, 2024 17.06%
🌒Waxing Crescent Wednesday, July 10, 2024 24.86%
🌓First Quarter Thursday, July 11, 2024 33.49%
🌓First Quarter Friday, July 12, 2024 42.68%
🌓First Quarter Saturday, July 13, 2024 52.17%
🌓First Quarter Sunday, July 14, 2024 61.7%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Monday, July 15, 2024 70.96%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Tuesday, July 16, 2024 79.62%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Wednesday, July 17, 2024 87.3%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Thursday, July 18, 2024 93.55%
🌕Full Moon Friday, July 19, 2024 97.89%
🌕Full Moon Saturday, July 20, 2024 99.9%
🌕Full Moon Sunday, July 21, 2024 99.27%
🌖Waning Gibbous Monday, July 22, 2024 95.88%
🌖Waning Gibbous Tuesday, July 23, 2024 89.88%
🌖Waning Gibbous Wednesday, July 24, 2024 81.65%
🌖Waning Gibbous Thursday, July 25, 2024 71.73%
🌗Last Quarter Friday, July 26, 2024 60.78%
🌗Last Quarter Saturday, July 27, 2024 49.44%
🌗Last Quarter Sunday, July 28, 2024 38.31%
🌘Waning Crescent Monday, July 29, 2024 27.93%
🌘Waning Crescent Tuesday, July 30, 2024 18.77%
🌘Waning Crescent Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11.19%
🌘Waning Crescent Thursday, August 1, 2024 5.46%