Moon Phases Explained (with Oreo Cookies)
There are 8 key stages in a moon phase cycle.
Did you know that a complete moon phase cycle is exactly 29.5 days
Full Moon/New Moon:The Earth, Moon and Sun are in approximate alignment. (The New Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth, so the highlighted portion is entirely hidden from view.)
Gibbous: More than half is illuminated
Crescent: Less than half is illuminated
If the Sun comes in from one direction, why am i seeing all these different shapes?
As the Moon orbits around Earth we see the bright sections of the moon at different angles. Moon phases depend on the Moon's relative positive to the Sun and Earth.
Now you may eat the rest of your Oreo Cookies!
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