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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 Tuesday, June 4, 2024 and ends on Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

Moon Phase Date Visibility
🌑New Moon Tuesday, June 4, 2024 2.34%
🌑New Moon Wednesday, June 5, 2024 0.15%
🌑New Moon Thursday, June 6, 2024 0.53%
🌑New Moon Friday, June 7, 2024 3.27%
🌒Waxing Crescent Saturday, June 8, 2024 8.07%
🌒Waxing Crescent Sunday, June 9, 2024 14.52%
🌒Waxing Crescent Monday, June 10, 2024 22.24%
🌒Waxing Crescent Tuesday, June 11, 2024 30.85%
🌓First Quarter Wednesday, June 12, 2024 40.02%
🌓First Quarter Thursday, June 13, 2024 49.46%
🌓First Quarter Friday, June 14, 2024 58.9%
🌓First Quarter Saturday, June 15, 2024 68.05%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Sunday, June 16, 2024 76.66%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Monday, June 17, 2024 84.41%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Tuesday, June 18, 2024 90.96%
🌔Waxing Gibbous Wednesday, June 19, 2024 95.97%
🌕Full Moon Thursday, June 20, 2024 99.08%
🌕Full Moon Friday, June 21, 2024 99.98%
🌕Full Moon Saturday, June 22, 2024 98.45%
🌖Waning Gibbous Sunday, June 23, 2024 94.44%
🌖Waning Gibbous Monday, June 24, 2024 88.06%
🌖Waning Gibbous Tuesday, June 25, 2024 79.63%
🌖Waning Gibbous Wednesday, June 26, 2024 69.62%
🌗Last Quarter Thursday, June 27, 2024 58.58%
🌗Last Quarter Friday, June 28, 2024 47.13%
🌗Last Quarter Saturday, June 29, 2024 35.88%
🌘Waning Crescent Sunday, June 30, 2024 25.42%
🌘Waning Crescent Monday, July 1, 2024 16.28%
🌘Waning Crescent Tuesday, July 2, 2024 8.92%