December 30th, 2008

junior woodchuck guidebook

It's just a phase

I had occasion to look up the names of the phases of The Moon today. The astrological phase names are a bit fancier than those used by most scientists today (and which were already known by me); nevertheless, they're just plain neat. So, for future reference, here are the eight phases of The Moon, in both formats.
Astrological: New; Crescent; First Quarter; Gibbous; Full; Disseminating; Last Quarter; Balsamic.

Astronomical: New; Waxing Crescent; First Quarter; Waxing Gibbous; Full; Waning Gibbous; Third Quarter; Waning Crescent.