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Last quarter moon is January 19

A last quarter moon rises around midnight. It appears half illuminated from Earth. The exact last quarter phase will come on January 19, 2017 at 22:13 UTC.

Moon in a waning gibbous phase

Full moon has come and gone. Now the moon is rising later at night. Watch for a daytime moon in the west in early morning in the next few days.

Moon in 2017

Everything you want to know about the moon in 2017 – including phases, cycles, eclipses and supermoons – from world-renowned astronomer Fred Espenak.

What’s special about a full moon?

Why does a full moon tug our heartstrings? And why does the moon on this night look full, in contrast to other other nights and other phases of the moon?

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

The moon looks bright and nearly full. Full moon will happen on January 12, 2017 at 11:34 UTC. If you’re in the Americas, your fullest-looking moon will come on the night of January 11.

First quarter moon comes January 5

A first quarter moon rises at noon and is highest at sunset. Next full moon is January 12 at 11:34 UTC.

Where’s the moon? Waxing crescent

First quarter moon will be January 5, 2017 at 19:47 UTC. Next full moon is January 12.

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.’

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 is earthshine?

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

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.