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    Default different shapes of the moon

    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?


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    Default Re: different shapes of the moon

    Quote Originally Posted by NearThere View Post
    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
    NT
    a quarter moon / a crescent moon / a harvest moon

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    Default Re: different shapes of the moon

    I thought a harvest moon was a full moon.

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    Default Re: different shapes of the moon

    And you'd be right, Anglika.

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    Default Re: different shapes of the moon

    Attention: I'm not a teacher.

    Hi NearThere,

    Store is no sore.

    There are the proper names of the moon in its different phases.

    Dark Moon not visible
    New Moon
    Crescent Moon (Waxing crescent moon)
    Half-moon ( first quarter)
    Full moon
    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.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Attention: I'm not a teacher.

    Regards.

    V.
    And yet you did much much better than the two teachers, Vil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I thought a harvest moon was a full moon.
    Hi, Anglika!

    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.
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    Let's not forget a "Blue moon"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Let's not forget a "Blue moon"!
    OR my Aunt Fanny's moon! (Sorry! I just couldn't resist the urge! )

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    Default Re: different shapes of the moon

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Let's not forget a "Blue moon"!
    In England we use "Once in a blue moon" to suggest an event that is very rare. Is this common usage in other countries, too?
    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?

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