Moon Phases & the Hemispheres?

Answer The moon goes through eight standard lunar phases. Each phase allows a different portion of the moon to become viewable. Residents of the northern and southern hemispheres see a different portion... Read More »

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Phases of the Moon in the Sky?

The moon has day and night sides, depending on its position with respect to the sun. On Earth, we perceive various fractions of the moon's day and night sides as the phases of the moon. It takes ab... Read More »

Why do we see phases of the moon?

When viewed from Earth, the moon goes through a cycle of dark to light and back to dark with intermediate stages of partial light and darkness on its surface. These changes in illumination are the ... Read More »

Why do we see different phases of the moon?

The moon is the sun's mirror, reflecting its light. As the moon travels around its orbit, the shadow from the earth falls on its surface. The shadow blocks some of the light and the result is what ... Read More »

Why do the phases of the moon occur?

The phases of the moon occur because the sun lights only half of it at any given time. The different phases depend on what part of the lit portion of the moon is facing our point of view as it move... Read More »