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waxes: gets larger, grows

wanes: gets smaller, diminishes in size

The terms are most familiarly used to refer to the phases of the moon. The moon is said to be waxing when is goes from new moon to full moon, and after the full moon we say it wanesuntil it reaches the end of the cycle at the next new moon.

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Approximately how long is the period of time from the new moon to the full moon phase

More than half of the moon is illuminated

Right half of moon is illuminated

At what point does the southern hemisphere have the greatest exposure to the sun

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