Moon phases.

Ocean Tides.

Waxing- the moon at any time after new moon and beforefull moon, so called `because its illuminated area isincreasing.

waning - The moon anytime before or after a new moon.

Gibbous-

(of the moon) having the observable illuminated part greater than a semicircle and less than a circle.

Crescent-

the curved sickle shape of the waxing or waning moon.

Patterns when seeing  a waxing/waning moon.

Waxing appears to be getting bigger until a full moon then a waning appears to be getting smaller. The pattern is Waxing crescent, First quarter, Waximg Gibbous, Full moon, Waning Gibbous, Last quarter, Waning crescent, New moon.

Lunar cycle

29.5 days. Days until a new moon.