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PICTURES OF THE MOON PHASES

The Moon is one of the most familiar and beautiful objects in the night sky (and daytime too!). What makes the Moon even more interesting are the phases the moon goes through, making it look different on separate occasions. Take a look at these neat pictures of the moon phases. Ever wondered what causes the moon phases? Click here to learn more.

NEW MOON PICTURE

This New Moon just so happens to be in front of the Sun. The New Moon does not always pass in front of the sun. Usually the moon passes above or below the sun when it is new or "zero days old". This is an eclipse picture from June 10, 2002 8:49 pm EDT through a 6" f/8 telescope.


New Moon Picture


ONE DAY OLD MOON PICTURE

More precisely, it's 1 day 15 hours and 35 minutes. That's how much time has passed from the moment of New Moon until this picture was taken. One day moons can be difficult to spot. They are very close to the horizon and visible for just a few minutes after sunset. This moon was 39 hours old but the world record young moon sighting is closer to 12 hours with a telescope and around 15 hours with binoculars. This picture was taken with a Nikon Coolpix 885 digital camera held up to the eyepiece of a Celestron C-90 Astro telescope on July 11th 2002 at 10:03 pm EDT.

1 Day Old Moon Picture


TWO DAYS OLD MOON PICTURE

Some craters are starting to come into view as the terminator moves across the face of the moon. The terminator is the line that separates the light and dark halves of the moon. The large smooth circular area is the Sea of Crises. This Moon picture was taken with a Celestron C5 telescope on July 12th, 2002 10:07 pm EDT and the Moon's age was 2 days 15 hours 40 minutes.


2 Days Old Moon Picture


THREE DAYS OLD MOON PICTURE

More detail can be seen along the terminator. If you were on the moon at the terminator, it would be sunrise. Due to the low angle of the sun, shadows cast by craters and mountains are very long. This tends to make features near the terminator look exaggerated. This moon picture was taken on July 13th 2002 at 9:52 pm with the C5 telescope and the Moon's age was 3 days 15 hours 24 minutes.


3 Days Old Moon Picture


FOUR DAYS OLD MOON PICTURE

The smooth darker areas are some of the lunar seas. The famous Sea of Tranquility is now partly in view, along with the Sea of Fertility and the lesser known Marsh of Sleep. This Moon picture was taken on July 14th 2002 at 10:29 pm with my 8 inch Newtonian telescope and the Moon's age was 4 days 16 hours 1 minutes.


4 Days Old Moon Picture

 

FIVE DAYS OLD MOON PICTURE

It's a waxing crescent moon. The craters Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina are the three big craters on the terminator.  The Sea of Tranquility is the large smooth area north of Theophilus. I was on July 20th 1969 that Apollo 11 landed on the southwest edge of this lunar sea. This Moon picture was taken at 10:23 pm EDT on June 15th, 2002. The telescope used was a Celestron 8" f/10 schmidt-cassegrain and the Moon's age was 5 days 2 hours 35 minutes.


5 Days Old Moon Picture

 

SIX DAYS OLD MOON PICTURE

You can see that the terminator has moved a little west since the five day moon. The craters Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina are now in full sunlight and are not as easy to see. This picture was taken with a Celestron C-90 Maksutov 90mm f/11 telescope at 10:37 pm EDT on June 16th, 2002. The Moon's age was 6 days 2 hours 49 minutes.


6 Days Old Moon Picture

New Moon to First Quarter Moon Picture                     

        New Moon to First Quarter Moon Picture                                                     

First Quarter Moon to Full Moon Picture

        First Quarter Moon to Full Moon Picture

Full Moon to Last Quarter Moon Picture   

        Full Moon to Last Quarter Moon Picture   

Last Quarter Moon to New Moon Picture

        Last Quarter Moon to New Moon Picture   

 
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