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Moon Phases - Definitions and Pictures

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New MoonThe moon is not visible in the sky. Except during a solar eclipse,
Waxing CrescentThe moon is less than one-half illuminated by the sun but less than one quarter illuminated. Occurs when the moon's illumination is increasing,
First QuarterThe moon is one-half illuminated by the sun. Occurs when the moon's illumination is increasing,
Waxing GibbousThe moon is more than one-half illuminated by the sun but not completely illuminated. Occurs when the moon's illumination is increasing,
Full MoonThe moon is totally visible in the sky. Except during a lunar eclipse,
Waning GibbousThe moon is more than one-half illuminated by the sun but not completely illuminated. Occurs when the moon's illumination is decreasing,
Third QuarterThe moon is one-half illuminated by the sun. Occurs when the moon's illumination is decreasing,
Waning CrescentThe moon is less than one-half illuminated by the sun but less than one quarter illuminated. Occurs when the moon's illumination is decreasing,

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