Facts you might not know about the...


The moon takes 29 days to orbit the earth and go through the different phases. This is called lunation. You can find more information on this site.

The phases of the moon described (and illustrated) in the story are viewed from Ireland, in the Northern Hemisphere. People watching the moon from Australia and other parts of the Southern Hemisphere see a reverse image of the different phases.

'New moon' can be the name given to the dark days of lunation when no moon is visible or to the first appearance of a crescent moon.

A moon that is growing from new moon to full moon is called a 'waxing' moon. When it starts to shrink again it is called a 'waning' moon.

A full moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise but other phases of moon are visible during daylight as well as night time. The waxing moon rises during the afternoon. The waning moon rises long after sunset and is still visible in the morning.

There are many exciting things to discover about the moon in books and on the internet.  You can even find out about men landing on the moon. Have fun exploring!