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    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 13 November 2014, Updated 25 June 2019 Size: 270 KB Referencing Hub media

    The phases of the moon relate to the amount of light you see (waxing and waning) on the Moon’s surface as it orbits the Earth. This image shows the moon phases – from the new Moon (Whiro) to the full Moon (Te Rākaunui) – from the Southern Hemisphere.

    This image is not to scale.

    Moon, sun and Earth images courtesy of NASA.