December 10, 2012 – Moon Phases and 358 Large Earthquakes: The graph above shows 358 powerful earthquakes, greater than or equal to 7.0 magnitude from January 1, 1973 to December 10, 2012.
The phases of the Moon are said to be waxing from New (zero degrees angle separation between the Sun and Moon) to the Full Moon (180 degrees). The waning phase is from the Full Moon to the next New Moon.
The New Moon is from zero degrees to 44* 59’ 59” (44 degrees – 59 minutes – 59 seconds – Longitude).
The eight phases of the Moon are as follows (* = degrees of longitude):
‘1. New Moon – (0* to 44*) – The side of the moon that is facing the Earth is not lit up by the sun. At this time the moon is not visible.
‘2. Waxing Crescent – (45* to 89*) – A small part (less than 1/2) of the moon is lit up at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.
‘3. First Quarter – (90* to 134*) – One half of the moon is lit up by the sun at this point. The part that is lit up is slowly getting bigger.
‘4. Waxing Gibbous – (135* to 179*) – At this time half of the moon is lit up. The part that is lit is slowly getting bigger. Waxing means to slowly get bigger.
‘5. Full Moon – (180* to 224*) – The side of the moon that is lit up by the sun is facing the Earth. The entire moon is lit up at this point.
‘6. Waning Gibbous – (225* to 269*) – The moon is not quite lit up all the way by sunlight. The part of the moon this is lit is slowly getting smaller. Waning means to slowly get smaller.
‘7. Last Quarter – (280* to 314*) – Half of the moon is lit up by the sun. The part that we can see lit up is slowly getting smaller.
‘8. Waning Crescent – (315* to 359*) – A small part of the moon is lit up at this point. It is getting smaller by the minute.
The waxing phase of the Moon is supposed to be the action oriented phase and, therefore, should have more powerful earthquakes. This was not the case as 171 (less than half) of the large quakes occurred here. There were 187 large quakes in the waning phase. Why this is I do not know. The First Quarter (‘3. – 90* to 134*) is supposed to be the action quarter. In fact it saw the lowest number of big quakes. Why this is I do not know. Curiously, the Waning Gibbous Moon Phase saw the highest number of large earthquakes.
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