2016 Moon Phases

Planting by the Moon is a great way to help plan your above and below ground crops.

  • Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
  • Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

Old-time farmers swear that this practice results in larger, tastier harvest.  We have known for centuries that the gravitational pull of the moon causes the oceans' tides.  Believe it or not, there are some scientific studies that suggest the Moon's gravitational pull might have a noticeable effect on seed germination and plant growth.

This 4K visualizationfrom NASA shows the Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2016, as viewed from the northern hemisphere. Each frame represents one hour. 

In addition, this visualization shows the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and labels of craters near the terminator.

Astronomy, 2016John Morganmoon, 2016