What is the Phase of the Moon?

The phase of the moon refers to the illuminated portion of the Moon as seen from Earth, which changes cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth. The phases range from the new Moon, through the first quarter, the full Moon, and the last quarter, back to the new.

What is the Impact of the Phase of the Moon?

While the moon does not directly influence weather patterns, moon phases do directly impact tidal patterns, nocturnal visibility, and animal behavior. Phases of the moon have historical and cultural significance and affect various sectors, including agriculture, fishing, and outdoor planning.