Earth’s Moon Phases, Monthly Lunar Cycles (Infographic)

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See how the phases of Earth’s moon work, from the full moon to the new moon and everything in between in this SPACE.com infographic. The moon is illuminated by light from the sun, which observers on Earth see reflected off the lunar surface. As the moon moves around Earth, the amount of illumination it receives from the sun changes, creating the lunar phases. The moon completes a single lunar cycle in about one month.
As the Earth and moon orbit the sun together, the moon goes through several phases. SPACE.com explains the 8 major named phases of the moon.

Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

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One Comment

  1. great pics, sounds corny doesn’t it, all the work that goes into creating this article and all I can say is great pics. Any way was wondering if it is possible to get a big pic of the lunar cycle pic. Thank you – have a great 2013.

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