As the days go by, the moon will start to look different every day.
The main phases of the moon are the New Moon, Full Moon, First Quarter, and Third Quarter. The New Moon begins at the start of each month while the Full Moon happens near the end of the month. The New Moon happens because the moon eventually orbits in between the earth and the sun. This is called the “dark” side of the moon.
The Full Moon means that the “light” side of the moon is visible to earth. When you see only half of the moon, you are usually seeing the first and third quarter moon phase. When the moon is at a 90 degree angle and is at the point where the sunlight shines in the side of the moon. This creates a half-moon.
The rest of the different phases are called the crescent and gibbous. To make it easier to figure out which is which, crescent and gibbous also get either waxing or waning. Waxing means that the moon is getting brighter while waning means that the moon is getting darker.