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What is the cause of the phases of the moon?

What causes the phases of the moon? The common incorrect answer is the shadow of the Earth. The phases of the moon are actually just a result of our perception of the moon's half-illuminated surface. When the moon does pass through Earth's shadow the result is a lunar eclipse.

What are the four main phases of the moon?

The four major moon phases are "New" , "1st Quarter" , "Full" and "Last or 3rd Quarter". These phases have to do with the relative positions of the sun, the moon and the earth in the moon's 29 day monthly orbit of the earth.

How many phases of the moon are there in a month?

As the moon orbits Earth, it cycles through eight distinct phases. The four primary phases occur about a week apart.
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