It also follows a similar path across the sky as the Sun.
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As it goes around the Earth, sunlight bounces off the Moon and toward us from different angles. When the Moon is close to the Sun in the sky, the Sun is too bright for us to see it. As it moves away from the Sun in the sky each day, we see it emerge as a thin crescent. This called the New Moon.
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Some Aboriginal groups see this as the spirit of the Moon-man. When the moon rises at midday, the left half of it is lit up. We call this the First Quarter. Each day, the Moon rises about 50 minutes later than it did the day before.
When the Sun rises in the early morning, the Full Moon sets. This is the only phase when the Moon is in the sky all night. The Moon starts to fade again. When it rises at midnight, only the right half of the Moon is lit up, which we call Last Quarter. It moves closer to the Sun each day, turning back to a crescent and fading away until it disappears. Hawaiian people have a special name for every day of the lunar month. You can learn their song to help you remember!
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