Moon Phases Mosaic - 5x5

As the Moon orbits Earth, its changing geometry with the Sun produces its characteristic phases (New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter). One orbit of the Moon with respect to the Sun (synodic month) has a mean duration of 29.53 days .

The composite image above is a mosaic made from 25 individual photos of the Moon and illustrates its phases over the synodic month. The individual images included in the mosaic can be found in the Moon Phases Gallery.

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Phases of the Moon

The links below are tables that give the dates and times of the Moon's phases (New Moon, First Quarter, Full Moon and Last Quarter) for five time zones throughout the 21st Century.




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