Moon the natural satellite of our only Home planet Earth. There are different phases of the moon, which have almost main 8 key stages which are like the cycle of 15 days in which its traverse from new moon to full the moon and then back to new moon. The new moon phase of complete darkness with no light in the sky except stars and full moon steal the whole show with its own light
Phases of Moon
Waxing Gibbous Moon
In this phase of the moon, it grows more illuminated than half and reach the full moon in a few days. Below is the image of a waxing gibbous moon and is the detailed image with little craters visible on the surface.
The Full Moon
The full moon occurs every month at the almost fixed interval of 30 days give or take, it is a phase in which moon is fully illuminated as seen from earth. On 4th April 2015, lunar eclipse happened and the lunar eclipse happens only on the Full Moon
Crescent Moon is one of the phases of the moon, which it rises from the new moon and get a little bit illuminated from its later phase
- Formed: 4.6 billion Years ago
- Circumference at The Equator: 10,917.0 km
- Diameter: 3,475 km
- Mass: 73,476,730,924,573,500 million kg (0.0123 x Earth)
- Orbits: The Earth
- Average Distance from Earth: 384,400 km
- Length of Orbit: 27.3 Earth days
- Surface Temperature: -233 to 123 °C
- First Unmanned Mission: 1959 by Soviet Lunar Program
- First Manned Mission: Apollo 11 in 1969
- Gravity: 1/6th of Earth Gravity
- When a month has two full moons, the second full moon is called a blue moon.
- When is the next Blue Moon, it will be on July 21, 2016.
- The last Blue Moon, happened on August 31, 2015.
- Only 59% of the moon’s surface is visible from earth.
- It is possible to have a month without a full moon. This occurs in February, but either January or March will have two moons.