From Minecraft Wiki

The Moon in Minecraft moves across the sky during the night and is replaced by the Sun during 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 the 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


  • As Minecraft consists of blocks, the moon is square, as is the sun.
  • The Minecraft moon's phases change each day, as opposed to Earth's moon, which changes every 3–4 days.