February 4: Waning Moon

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February 4: Waning Moon

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Today, February 4, 2021, the Moon will enter its Last Quarter phase at 17:38 UTC.

Moon phases:

The lunar phases (also phases of the Moon) are the apparent changes of the visible illuminated portion of the satellite, due to its change in position with respect to the Earth and the Sun. The complete cycle, called lunation, is 29.53 days, during which the moon passes the new moon, its visible illuminated portion gradually increases again, and two weeks later, the full moon occurs and, about the following two weeks, it decreases again and the satellite enters the new phase again .

Finally, a perfect alignment occurs between the Sun, Earth and Moon, which results in eclipses. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the solar disk, and can only occur on a new Moon, while a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, which can only occur on a full Moon. This transition between phases has been used to measure time, which is why many lunar calendars were created based on the lunar cycle (moon phase). The moon actually takes 18 days and occurs because the sun and Earth align with each other. Having said this, the moon is forming.

Cultural influence:

The change in the phases of the moon, whose cycle takes between 29 and 30 days, is one of the most obvious regular events that allow the marking of time. Possibly, since the Paleolithic, human communities used the time of the full moon, due to its brightness, to make night outings. The groups of fishermen used the tides as the determining moment for a good catch. Thus, the lunar cycle has an important meaning in regard to the marking of time intervals, and the phases mark periods of holidays and rituals.

Lunar calendars were widely used in the ancient world, both by the Babylonians and the Egyptians. The month of about 30 days is an approximation of the lunar cycle. However, in some Islamic countries, they still officially use the Islamic calendar, whose year has twelve months. However, each month has exactly one lunar cycle, which begins when the waxing moon is sighted shortly after the new moon. Consequently, the Islamic year is eleven days shorter than the Tropic year, used in the Gregorian calendar.

Most of the mythological legends of civilizations include references to the terrestrial natural satellite. In Greek mythology there are three goddesses associated with the Moon: Artemis, associated with the crescent moon, Selene, associated with the full and waning moon, and Hecate for the waning and new phases. For the Romans, the moon was associated with Diana, protector of the hunt and of the night. In Tupi-Guarani mythology the Moon was represented by the goddess Jaci.

Even in cultures where the satellite does not have a divine personality, the moon influences its beliefs, based on its cycle of continuous renewal. Even in cultures where the Moon is not represented by personified deities, its phases are associated with cycles of abundance, misery, life, death and rebirth.

According to popular culture, the phases of the satellite have an influence, for example, at the time of sowing and harvesting, hair growth, pregnancy and delivery. The latter belief is motivated by the fact that the length of the lunar cycle is similar to the female menstrual cycle. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these superstitions. The Moon is also involved in various folk legends, one of the most famous of which is the werewolf, a man who, on full moon nights, turns into a wolf and hunts for human flesh.

Waning moon:

Waning crescent, also known as “waning crescent” or “old moon” (the latter little known term) since it is identical to the visible new moon, but in the opposite direction. The waning moon can only be seen at dawn, towards the east, just above dawn or dawn and before the sun rises. It has the appearance of a small scythe.

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