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Waxing Crescent Moon
The Moon does not emit its own light, shining instead by reflecting sunlight. Depending on the relative positions of the Earth, Sun and Moon, varying amounts of the lunar surface appear to be illuminated.


Waxing crescent
The phase of the Moon between new Moon and first quarter. Waxing means increasing.
Waxing gibbous
The phase of the Moon between first quarter and full.

waxing crescent moon
The phase of the Moon that occurs between new moon and first quarter.
waxing gibbous moon
The phase of the Moon that occurs between first quarter and full moon.

Waxing Crescent - The Moon's crescent phase that occurs just after new moon
Weight - The gravitational force exerted on a body by the Earth (or another astronomical object)
White Dwarf - A small, dense star that is supported against gravity by the degenerate pressure of its electrons ...

Waxing Crescent: a small part of the Moon appears lighted and grows larger on successive days.
First Quarter: the right half of the Moon appears lighted, with the lighted part growing larger on successive days.

Nwedzana = waxing crescent. If the horns point up when the new crescent is sighted in the evening sky, it 'was said to be holding up all kinds of disease, and when the horns were tipped down, the moon was a basin pouring illness over the world.' (Sotho, Tswana, Venda) ...

For example, if today the Moon were a waxing crescent, then tomorrow the crescent shape would continue to grow larger, approaching first quarter. After first quarter, the Moon would be a waxing gibbous, and continue growing until it reached full.

surrounding the umbra perigee the innermost point of a terrestrial orbit perihelion the innermost point of a solar orbit phase the fracton of the illuminated part of the Moon or other planetary object as seen by the observer phases of the Moon in order: new, waxing crescent, ...

9 Aug. A thin waxing crescent Moon lies near the brilliant planet Venus about 45 minutes after sunset in the western sky.

When the Moon is a waxing crescent in the western evening sky a couple of days after new, only Mare Crisium is visible. The terminator, the line dividing lunar day and night, moves across the disk to unveil ever more features as the Moon's phase grows to first quarter, gibbous, then full.

Here is the order of the phases - New (when you can't see the Moon - it's all dark), Waxing Crescent, First Quarter (when you see the right half lit), Waxing Gibbous, Full (when you see the entire lit surface), Waning Gibbous, ...

Lunar phases - The phases of the Moon, including new moon, waxing crescent moon, first quarter moon, waxing gibbous moon, full moon, waning gibbous moon, last quarter moon, and waning crescent moon.
Guide to Amateur Astronomy, Planets and Constellations ...

Not to be a "dickish commentarian", but if that is a new moon, why can you see it illuminated by the sun? Isn't more of a waxing crescent?

The next phase is a crescent Moon but because more and more of the illuminated face of the Moon will become visible to observers from Earth in the following days it is called a waxing crescent.

The shape varies from a full moon (when the Earth is between the Sun and the moon) to a new moon (when the moon is between the sun and the Earth). The phases of the Moon include: the new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent, ...

Sometimes a descriptive term is added to the crescent and gibbous phases. If the amount of illuminated side you can see increases with time, it is waxing as in waxing crescent or waxing gibbous. If the illuminated fraction decreases with time, it is waning as in waning crescent or waning gibbous.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Crescent, Moon, Earth, Astro, Sun?

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