This page shows the different faces of the moon during its 29,5 day cycle.

Lunar Libration: I made this animation from the 5 moon images I captured during March 23 through 27, 2002.
It is interesting to see that the moon is not moving in a smooth motion around the Earth, but also has a movement himself (herself?). This movement is called 'libration'. Click the small image to see the libration and to read (and SEE!) more about this libration.
The libration explained.
Here is is the famous animation by António Cidadão.


Current Moon Phase

Actual Moon Phase

I am trying to set up a full 'day by day collection' through the whole moon cycle. If I will ever complete .... who knows? But it is a nice project!

The date under the day sequence number is the date of capture. For more details about the imaging please click the image. The imaging details are at the bottom of the large image.

I have used the MOONTOOL to determine the exact moon age of the cycle.

New moon
(Only possible during a solar eclipse.)
Too close to the sun
Too close to the sun
Day 0
NEW MOON
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
April 11, 2005
CP995
Day 4
June 4, 2003
SLR Photolens
Day 5
January 15, 2005

Day 6
March 27, 2004
Day 7 1stQtr
June 7, 2003
Day 8
April 21, 2002
Day 9
March 23, 2002
Day 10
January 2, 2004
Day 11
March 25, 2002

Day 12
March 26, 2002
Day 13
March 27, 2002
Day 14
FULL MOON
January 24, 2005
Day 15
March 18, 2003
Day 16
December 10, 2003
Day 17
October 23, 2002

Day 18
August 16, 2003
Day 19
September 16, 2003
Day 20
July 19, 2003
Day 21
August 30, 2002
Day 22
August 20, 2003
Day 23
August 21, 2003

Too close to the sun
Too close to the sun
Too close to the sun
Day 24
August 22, 2003
Day 25
September 22, 2003
Day 26
July 3, 2005
Day 27
Day 28
Day 29

And here is a combined image of 5 consecutive nights.

March 23 through 27, 2002. Waxing moon during 5 consecutive nights. The change in shadows and visible area is interesting to observe.

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