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Usually I see real moon phases in minecraft. Half moon, Crescent moon, Full moon, ect.

Tonight, I see this.

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What gives? An Eclipse isn't likely, as the moon is progressing through the sky WITH the darkside matching its pace, rather than going in the opposite direction.

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Uh, it's a new moon? –  Javier Badia Sep 1 '12 at 18:26
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Minecraft in some ways is very beautiful and unique! –  wonea Sep 1 '12 at 19:55

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You could as well ask, "why is the moon square?"

Minecraft is simply not realistic; you can't expect it to be scientifically correct.

This is just a phase of the moon, called "new moon", made by the developers as accurately as they could or wanted to.

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Correct. This phase, more specifically, is the "New" Moon. –  Raven Dreamer Sep 1 '12 at 18:28
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Phases of the moon in a GIF animation. Interestingly, the moon's terminator is curved during waxing and waning, which means the moon must be a tide-locked dome with a square base. –  SevenSidedDie Sep 1 '12 at 19:02
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In practical terms, making the moon have a visible border instead of being just a patch of starless black makes it easier to locate when figuring out the time at night, and is probably intentional. –  SevenSidedDie Sep 1 '12 at 19:04
    
@SevenSidedDie - Ha! I hadn't thought of the whole curve/square conflict. –  SaintWacko Sep 2 '12 at 1:19

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