- For Teachers
I know 2 of them: a full moon and a half moon.
But what do you call the other shapes that are niether of these 2?
Many thanks in advance
I thought a harvest moon was a full moon.
And you'd be right, Anglika.
Attention: I'm not a teacher.
Store is no sore.
There are the proper names of the moon in its different phases.
Dark Moon not visible
Crescent Moon (Waxing crescent moon)
Half-moon ( first quarter)
Half-moon ( last quarter)
Crescent moon (waning moon) the moon between full and new when its visible part is decreasing
When the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same side of the Earth, the Moon is "new", and is not illuminated by the Sun. As the Moon waxes (the amount of illuminated surface as seen from Earth is increasing), the lunar phases progress from new moon, crescent moon, first-quarter moon, gibbous moon and full moon phases, before returning through the gibbous moon, third-quarter moon, crescent moon and new moon phases. The terms old moon and new moon are interchangeable, although new moon is more common. Half moon is often used to mean the first- and third-quarter moons.
The Harvest moon is a specific moon. It is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox which is said to occur (in the northern hemisphere) on or about September 23rd, and in the southern hemisphere on or about March 21st. Its supposed physical characteristics - rising time, path across the sky - are similar to those of the Hunter's moon.
Let's not forget a "Blue moon"!
A similar expression here in Lancashire is "Once every Preston Guild". This is a kind of celebration and procession which occurs very rarely and to no set pattern in the Northern city of Preston. Clearly this won't be very common elsewhere, but do other countries have similar local expressions?