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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, May 17, 2023 and ends on Thursday, June 15, 2023.

Moon Phase Date Visibility
🌑New Moon Wednesday, May 17, 2023 2.53%
🌑New Moon Thursday, May 18, 2023 0.27%
🌑New Moon Friday, May 19, 2023 0.29%
🌑New Moon Saturday, May 20, 2023 2.47%
🌒Waxing Crescent Sunday, May 21, 2023 6.55%
🌒Waxing Crescent Monday, May 22, 2023 12.26%
🌒Waxing Crescent Tuesday, May 23, 2023 19.29%
🌒Waxing Crescent Wednesday, May 24, 2023 27.36%
🌓First Quarter Thursday, May 25, 2023 36.18%
🌓First Quarter Friday, May 26, 2023 45.48%
🌓First Quarter Saturday, May 27, 2023 55.01%
🌓First Quarter Sunday, May 28, 2023 64.48%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Monday, May 29, 2023 73.6%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Tuesday, May 30, 2023 82.01%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Wednesday, May 31, 2023 89.31%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Thursday, June 1, 2023 95.04%
🌕Full Moon Friday, June 2, 2023 98.74%
🌕Full Moon Saturday, June 3, 2023 100%
🌕Full Moon Sunday, June 4, 2023 98.56%
🌖Waning Gibbous Monday, June 5, 2023 94.39%
🌖Waning Gibbous Tuesday, June 6, 2023 87.69%
🌖Waning Gibbous Wednesday, June 7, 2023 78.91%
🌗Last Quarter Thursday, June 8, 2023 68.62%
🌗Last Quarter Friday, June 9, 2023 57.49%
🌗Last Quarter Saturday, June 10, 2023 46.15%
🌗Last Quarter Sunday, June 11, 2023 35.18%
🌘Waning Crescent Monday, June 12, 2023 25.12%
🌘Waning Crescent Tuesday, June 13, 2023 16.38%
🌘Waning Crescent Wednesday, June 14, 2023 9.32%
🌘Waning Crescent Thursday, June 15, 2023 4.16%