phase of the moon

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Noun1.phase of the moon - a time when the Moon presents a particular recurring appearance
phase - (astronomy) the particular appearance of a body's state of illumination (especially one of the recurring shapes of the part of Earth's moon that is illuminated by the sun); "the full phase of the moon"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
new moon, new phase of the moon - the time at which the Moon appears as a narrow waxing crescent
half-moon - the time at which the Moon is at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
full, full moon, full phase of the moon, full-of-the-moon - the time when the Moon is fully illuminated; "the moon is at the full"
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The phase of the moon was waxing crescent with 22 percent of the moon's visible disc illuminated.
A Cleveland Clinic study, published in the October issue of the journal Anesthesiology, found no trends in elective bypass surgery outcomes related to the time of day, day of the week, month of the year or even phase of the moon.
According to the Panchang (Hindu almanac), 'Govinda Dwadasi' is an auspicious day that falls on the 12th day during the waxing phase of the moon in Phalguna month.
It seems indeed illogical that this, the most sacred of Christian ceremonies (so we are told) is designated annually according to a phase of the moon.
Aware that no careful scientific study has ever found a correlation between the phase of the Moon and any aspect of human behavior, I contacted the Sussex Police and asked to see their data.
Osborn says the evidence is quite clear: The phase of the moon has virtually nothing to do with the timing of whitetail breeding activity.