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Phases of the moon

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    Assuming the new moon to be the first phase of the moon, how are humans able to view the first few and last few phases in the night?

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    In new moon, the moon is just a shadow. The first and last few phases mean the moon partially reflects some light. here:
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    How can we see the waxing crescent and the waning crescent during the night time?

    The picture is a rough approximation. The waxing crescent is seen in the west near the horizon. It's not at 12 o clock in the night sky.
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    I understand now, thank you very much
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