different shapes of the moon

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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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I thought a harvest moon was a full moon. :shock:
 

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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.

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I thought a harvest moon was a full moon. :shock:

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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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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OR my Aunt Fanny's moon! :cool: (Sorry! I just couldn't resist the urge! ;-))
Just noticed your latest contribution - I've heard of mixed metaphors, but not mixed threads! Congrats, Amigos4 - very sharp.
 

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Hi, Buggles!

Once in a Blue Moon ... is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?
According to the popular definition, it is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.

The average interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, though it does sometimes happen.

On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years.

I can't think of any local expressions for another kind of moon but I'll keep thinking!

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Just noticed your latest contribution - I've heard of mixed metaphors, but not mixed threads! Congrats, Amigos4 - very sharp.
Thanks, Buggles! I've given you the 'official thanks' seal of approval for your post!! Enjoy! ;-)

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This is really fantastic, thank you people.

Not only did I get the names of the physical shapes of the moon as well as it's technical definitions, I got some expressions using the word "moon" too! This is what I would call a "pie feast". Thank you guys again!

So can I say, my heart is as full as the noon? It sounds cheesy but does that work?

Thank you!
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This is really fantastic, thank you people.

Not only did I get the names of the physical shapes of the moon as well as it's technical definitions, I got some expressions using the word "moon" too! This is what I would call a "pie feast". Thank you guys again!

So can I say, my heart is as full as the noon? It sounds cheesy but does that work?

Thank you!
NT
It does, kind of, if you meant "full as the moon!
 

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Sorry, I only need confirmation on this:

Based on Vil's explanation, it seems that we call it a "crescent moon" when it's between a half and a full moon also? I have a hard time picturing it as a smile in the sky like the skinner moon when it's between a dark moon and a half moon.

I know this is insignificant, but I have to know or it'll bug me even till tomorrow.:-( Thank you.

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So can I say, my heart is as full as the noon? It sounds cheesy but does that work?

NT,

Why not be more poetic and say "My heart is as full as a Harvest moon!"? I don't think that sounds cheesy at all, do you? ;-)

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I have a hard time picturing it as a smile in the sky like the skinner moon when it's between a dark moon and a half moon.

I know this is insignificant, but I have to know or it'll bug me even till tomorrow.:-( Thank you.

NT

NT, When I think of a crescent moon it reminds me of the Dreamworks logo. Check out the following site DreamWorks Animation - DreamWorks Pictures SKG Isn't that a terrific picture of a happy crescent moon?

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