Sometimes the moon shines brightly in the sky, then it can only be seen as a sickle and sometimes it seems to have completely disappeared at night, how do these very different moon phases come about?
Moon phases - full moon, new moon and everything in between
Basically, this lunar cycle arises from the fact that the moon does not shine itself but is only visible to us in this form because it is illuminated by the sun. This has nothing to do with the shadow, it comes with one Lunar eclipse for use.
Because the moon does not shine itself, people on earth only ever see the part illuminated by the sun, which can be seen differently depending on the constellation of sun, moon and our location on earth.
With a full moon we see the moon's fully illuminated side, while with a new moon it turns its full shadowy side to us.
The following graphic illustrates the phases of the lunar cycle. By clicking on the picture, the template opens in PDF format:
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