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It's the earth shadow

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Q: What causes the moon to wax and wane when it is going from a crescent to full moon and back to a crescent?
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What causes the moon to wax and wane that is going from a crescent to full moon and back to a crescent?

The shadow of the earth on the moon.

What causes the moon to go from crescent to full moon?

It is a shodow from the earth.

Define waxing in terms of the moon?

Waxing is when the moon appears to get bigger - going from a thin crescent to a full moon. Waning is when the moon gets smaller - from a Full Moon to a crescent again.

Why are there two Crescents Half and Gibbous phases?

A moon goes from new to full and back. During this process it starts with just a crescent, goes to the point of being half full, goes through the waxing gibbous phase, reaches full and then starts to get smaller, going through waning gibbous, half full and back down towards a crescent and then there is a new moon. The phases start on one side and go through to the other side. So the first crescent is on the right side, in early evening, just after sunset and the final crescent is on the left side, just before sunrise.

Which is brighter -the full moon or the crescent moon?

The full moon can be a thousand times brighter than the crescent moon.

Why does the moon appear sometimes as a crescent and other times as a full circle?

because their are phases were it would be full and some as a crescent

What is the differnce between Gibbous and Crescent?

A crescent is 1/4 of a full moon while a Gibbous is 3/4 of a full moon.

What is the correct sequence for the phases of the moon?

The correct sequence is New, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter, Waning Crescent and then back to New

What is the definition of half crescent?

a half of a full moon

Do you see a crescent moon right after a full moon?


What are the phases of the moon called?

The phases of the moon (in order) are New Moon, Waxing Crescent, 1st Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, 3rd Quarter, Waning Crescent, and back to New Moon.

Was the moon full yesterday?

The moon was not full on March 20 2012, it was a waning crescent

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