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Phases of the Moon

The moon

In everyday life

Wednesday, 22 September, 2010, 12:00am

The sun by day and the moon by night

Sun and moon nouns

What is ...?

1 a sun visor

a. a special chair offered to guests to sit in the sunshine

b. a flat board at the top of the front window of a car that keeps the sun out of a driver's eyes

2 a sundial

a. an instrument that tells the time from the shadow cast by the sun

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

In synch with the moon

We've heard of customised spa treatments suited to our skin type, mood and even Chinese elements (see F for Fusion), but a treatment tailored to the phase of the moon was a new one for us.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

By the light of the moon

If anything bizarre happened last night, don't panic - it's just the full moon. Or at least that's what lunar urban legends suggest.

For centuries, the moon has inspired countless stories. The ones we tend to remember are the scary rumours related to a full moon: murder tides and werewolves, for example, things that provide perfect campfire fodder.

4 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Mid-autumn holiday period set for lunar treat

Moon watchers will have to get up early or stay up late for the only chance in eight years to see a full moon during a Mid-Autumn Festival period. The moon can be seen at its fullest at 3.45am on September 27, two days after the festival. Except for this year, all mid-autumn full moons between 2005 and 2012 would fall during daylight hours.

12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Moon to put on best face for festival

Mid-Autumn Festival revellers are being promised a bigger, rounder moon for this year's celebrations.

The Hong Kong Observatory says the moon will appear larger than normal because it will be closer to Earth than usual, but the observatory is being coy about forecasting the weather on September 18, saying it is too early to predict.

7 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Ritual honours ancestors

The origin of Lunar New Year is too remote to be traced.

It starts with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.

On the 15th day of the new year, the Lantern Festival, is celebrated at night with lantern displays and lantern-carrying children taking part in a pa rade.

15 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Moon watchers' high points

The best times to view the moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival will be near midnight on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday when it is at its highest point, the Hong Kong Observatory says.

There will be a full moon on Monday and close to full on Sunday and Tuesday, Hong Kong Observatory's scientific officer, Leung Yin-kong, said.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Clouds mar crowds' view of full moon

Mid-Autumn Festival revellers' view of the biggest full moon of the year last night was obscured by cloud and pollution.

Yet even without the cloud, Hong Kong's dirty atmosphere could affect the brightness of the moon, astronomers said.

17 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

A lunar eclipse

APRIL'S celestial highlight will be a partial eclipse of the Moon - although from Hong Kong only a small 'bite' will be taken out of the top edge.

A noticeable dent will appear and move across the Moon's surface for about 45 minutes in the early evening of April 15 - the date of the full moon. About 12 per cent of the Moon will be eclipsed.

3 Apr 1995 - 12:00am