The term "moon cycle" (or "lunar cycle") is referring to the moon's continuous orbit around the earth. As the moon orbits the earth, it's appearance (the "phase") changes and thus gives us an indication of the moon's progress in the cycle (the "age").
The sun always illuminates exactly one-half of the moon, but we see it at different angles as it rotates around the earth. With the naked eye, we can only see the part of the moon that the sun is illuminating. For instance, a crescent moon is when we only see a small portion of the illuminated portion of the moon.
We give the parts of the moon cycle different names, according to how the moon appears to us. How does the moon affect people?
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