Have you ever sat outside in the night all by yourself, talking to the moon? If you have, you’d notice that the moon is not always the same. Sometimes you’d see more of it, sometimes less, and sometimes, it’s not even there.
This listicle is a compilation of the eight phases of the moon, thus answering why we see what we see in the night sky.
- 🌑 First Phase
The 🌑 New Moon is the time when there’s no moon. It could be interchangeably used with the 🌚 New Moon Face.
- 🌒 Second Phase
The 🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon has a visible thin crescent waxing from the right.
- 🌓 Third Phase
The 🌓 First Quarter Moon will always have an illuminated right side given that the moon waxes from right to left.
- 🌔 Fourth Phase
The 🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon is a phase that has more illumination than darkness, but evidently lesser than complete.
- 🌕 Fifth Phase
The 🌕 Full Moon is the big, bright moon that has another variant, the 🌝 Full Moon Face.
- 🌖 Sixth Phase
The 🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon is the time when there’s three-fourths of a full moon. Waning happens from the right to the left as well.
- 🌗 Seventh Phase
The 🌗 Last/Third Quarter Moon would have a dark side on the right, thus showing only half (left) of an illuminated moon.
- 🌘 Eighth Phase
The 🌘 Waning Crescent Moon is a phase when only a thin left-sided crescent is seen and the rest of the moon is a mystery.
When our natural satellite itself goes through phases, it’s hard to deny that its recipients wouldn’t. However, not everything in the human world is a phase. We make it all seem like a phase because it’s easier that way.