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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 November 29

A new moon rises and sets with the sun and crosses the sky during the day. You won’t see it today, but the moon will return to the evening sky and appear near bright planets, in the days ahead.

5% illuminated waning crescent moon rising in New Delhi, India by Chander Devgun.

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn. Next new moon is November 29 at 12:18 UTC.

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 on November 21

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.

Image taken November 15, 2016 by Cairbre Ó Ciardha in Killiney County, Dublin, Ireland.

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

The supermoon has come and gone, and now the moon is rising later at night.

Not a full moon, but pretty close, from Odilon Simões Corrêa in Brazil.

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

Next full moon – closest supermoon since 1948 – will come on November 14, 2016. Between now and then, look for the moon each late afternoon and evening.

Beautiful shot of a first quarter moon from EarthSky community member Patrick Casaert of La Lune The Moon.

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.’

The location of the sun with respect to the moon determines the moon phase in your night sky.  Image via Ask.com

Four keys to understanding moon phases

Why does the moon seem to change its shape every night? Because it’s a world in space with a day side and a night side.


What’s special about a full moon?

The October 15 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon and a supermoon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.


Where’s the moon? First quarter

A first quarter moon rises at noon and is highest at sunset. This one is waxing toward a full Hunter’s Moon and supermoon.

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.

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?

An astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.