Asked by: Medou Galloway
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st March, 2020

What phase would Earth be in when the moon was full?

The sun illuminates both moon and earth. And so the earth, seen from the moon, also appears in phases: full earth, waning earth, new earth, waxing earth and full earth again. When the moon is new for us, the earth is full for the moon; when the moon waxes, the earth wanes.

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Also know, what is the phase of the Earth as seen from the moon when the moon is full?


Secondly, what phase can we not see the Moon from Earth? At new moon, the Moon is lined up between the Earth and the Sun. We see the side of the Moon that is not being lit by the Sun (in other words, we see no Moon at all, because the brightness of the Sun outshines the dim Moon!)

Keeping this in consideration, would the Earth have phases if viewed from the moon?

Earth shows phases, just like the Moon does for terrestrial observers. The phases, however, are opposite; when the terrestrial observer sees the full Moon, the lunar observer sees a "new Earth", and vice versa.

Would you still see the moon go through phases as it orbits Earth Why or why not?

Answer: The phases of the moon do not happen on the same days each month because the moon's orbit around the Earth does not take exactly one month.

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