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The Moon in Minecraft moves across the sky during night, and it is then replaced by the Sun in the day time.



All the moon phases in Minecraft.

A full day/night cycle in Minecraft is about 20 minutes, and the Moon is out for about 7 minutes. The Clock can be used to show the Sun and Moon's positions. The movement of the moon in Minecraft is similar to the earth's day/night cycle, and it is about the same size. Like Earth's moon, it follows a cycle of 8 phases:

  • New moon
  • Waxing Crescent
  • First Quarter
  • Waxing Gibbous
  • Full Moon
  • Waning Gibbous
  • Third Quarter
  • Waning Crescent


  • The Moon regulates the spawning of Slimes in Swamp Biomes. A full moon spawns the most while a new moon doesn't spawn any.
  • As Minecraft consists of blocks, the Moon is square as with the Sun.
  • The Minecraft moon's phases change each day opposed to Earth's moon which changes approximately every 3-4 days.

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