The lunar month is the time it takes to go from one new moon to the next new moon. And between these two new moons, the moon goes through its various phases and these phases we see are the result of the angle the Moon makes with the Sun as viewed from Earth. When there is a new moon, the Moon basically lines up between the Earth and the Sun, so what people on Earth see is the side of the Moon that is not being lit by the Sun. Once in a while, there are eclipses which happen when the Moon lines up exactly with the sun.
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