What are facts about the waning crescent moon?
1) the waning crescent informs us that the moon appears to be
getting smaller (thinner)
2) the waning crescent informs us that the moon is slowly moving into the glare of the sun.
3) the waning crescent informs us the moon will soon become a new moon and a day or so later will become a waxing crescent.
-- it rises only a few hours before the sun rises
-- it appears skinnier each night than it appeared the night before
-- the illuminated crescent is the left (eastern) side of the disk, and its points point to the right (west)
(in the northern Hemisphere)
-- it is seen by fewer people than see the waxing crescent ... because relatively fewer people are awake
and outside at that hour of the morning
Full Moon, New Moon, Waxing gibbious, waning gibbious, first quarter, last quarter, waxing crescent, and waning crescent The Order of the phases are... New moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning bibbous, third quarter, waning crescent. Those are the phases of the moon!
The moon shows eight variations in its appearance, progressing chronologically as follows: -New moon -Waxing crescent -First quarter -Waxing gibbous -Full moon -Waning gibbous -Third quarter -Waning Crescent The cycle then repeats. The four official "phases" are waxing crescent, waxing gibbous, waning gibbous, and waning crescent.
I wondered about this when I read in a book about an early evening crescent moon rising. May be romantic but, it doesn't seem possible to me. A waning crescent moon would have to rise early in the morning before sunup because a waning crescent moon setting is visible toward the evening sunset or early in the evening. After sundown, the waning crescent moon would set. Whereas, a true full moon would rise about the…