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The moon was almost exactly at last quarter when Jenney Disimon in Sabah, North Borneo captured this photo on July 27, 2016 (5:30 a.m. local time, or July 26 at 21:30 UTC).

Last quarter moon is September 23

Fun time to see a last quarter moon: just after it rises, shortly after midnight. Then the lighted portion points downward, to the sun below your feet.

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Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.

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What’s special about a full moon?

The September 16 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.

Waxing gibbous moon about to set on the night of August 12-13. The golden color stems from the fact that - when we see a moon low in the sky - we're seeing it through a greater-than-usual amount of atmosphere. Photo by Peter Lowenstein.

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

You might notice a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon in the next few days. It’ll be ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west.

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First quarter moon was September 9

A first quarter moon rises at noon and is high overhead at sunset. It sets around midnight.

Moon and Venus on September 2, from Leslie Beauchamp near Ripley, California. "I happened to drive by this irrigation ditch just after sunset and turned back around to get a picture when I noticed the crescent moon. I know there are apps to help you figure out where the moon will set, but this was sheer luck. I didn't have my tripod so I was lying on the edge of the ditch near the road. The Border Patrol Police Officer pulled up and thought I was a dead body. He said it probably wasn't the best place to lie down but I got the shots."

Where’s the moon? Waxing crescent

When you see the moon as a slim crescent in the west after sunset, it’s always waxing. Is that Earth’s shadow on the moon? No, it’s the moon’s own shadow.

A new moon is more or less between the Earth and sun.  Its lighted half is turned entirely away from us. Image via memrise.com.

New moon is September 1

Unless you see the eclipse in Africa, you probably won’t see the moon today. The September 1, 2016 new moon – like all new moons – rises and sets with the sun.

Greg Diesel-Walck captured the waning moon on August 29, too. He wrote: "This morning's moon at sunrise in Moyock NC. Very difficult to capture the fading moon in the brilliance of color but this is not a filtered image right off the camera."

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn.

Nearly first quarter moon on the evening of June 11, 2016. The moon reached the first quarter phase on June 12, 2016 at 0810 UTC, or 3:10 a.m. CDT.  Translate to your timezone.

Quarter moon or a half moon?

Half the moon always faces us. And half the moon is always lit by the sun. But, in the language of astronomers, there are no ‘half moons.’

Full moon over Dallas via Ben Zavala.

Four keys to understanding moon phases

Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night? Remember that the moon is a world in space with a day side and a night side.

As the Moon orbits Earth, its changing geometry with respect to the Sun produces the characteristic phases. This composite image is a mosaic made from 25 individual photos of the Moon and illustrates its phases over one synodic month. For complete details about this image, see Moon Phases Mosaic. The individual images included in this composite can be found in the Moon Phases Gallery. For more composites, see Moon Phases Mosaics. Photo copyright 2012 by Fred Espenak.

Moon in 2016

Pretty much everything you want to know about the moon in 2016 – including phases, cycles, eclipses and supermoons – from world-renowned astronomer Fred Espenak.

Photo credit: Robbo-Man

What is earthshine?

That glow over the unlit part of a crescent moon – called earthshine – is light reflected from Earth.

New record for youngest moon via Thierry Legault

What’s the youngest moon you can see?

On this date a year ago, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.