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31 August 2020 22:32

The phases unfold as the amount of sunlight falling on the Moon's Earth-facing side changes.

This week's Full Moon is known by many names, including Barley Moon, Corn Moon and Harvest Moon. Is it the ninth Full Moon of the year and happens to be the last Full Moon of the summer in 2020. A Full Moon appears about every 29.5 days when the Moon is directly across from the Sun. Because the Moon does not shine with its own light, it goes through eight distinct phases throughout the Moon. The phases unfold as the amount of sunlight falling on the Moon's Earth-facing side changes. Full Moons fall in the middle of this cycle, and the eight phases in order are New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter and Waning Crescent.

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The US space agency NASA said: "When sunlight hits off the Moon's far side — the side we can't see without from Earth the aid of a spacecraft — it is called a New Moon. "When sunlight reflects off the near side, we call it a Full Moon. "The rest of the month we see parts of the daytime side of the Moon, or phases." READ MORE: A 'Moon-sized' ship has entered the Sun, UFO hunters claim