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What’s the youngest moon you can see?

In modern times, as astrophotographer Thierry Legault proved in 2013, it’s possible to capture a moon in a photograph at the instant the moon is new. What about young moon sightings using only your eye? The youngest moons, here.

New moon is May 15

As the moon orbits Earth, it changes phase in an orderly way. New moon comes on May 15 at 11:48 UTC.

When is the May full moon?

The moon is waxing toward full on this Sunday night. It’ll still be a touch shy of full for most – but not all – of the world on Monday night. As seen from around the globe, the bright “star” near the moon is Jupiter.

Do we all see the same moon phase?

One Earth. One sky. One moon phase (more or less) from all of Earth. So why (and how) does the moon look different from different parts of Earth?

1st quarter moon is April 22

This 1st quarter moon will offer gorgeous telescopic views for those taking part in Astronomy Day. Then it’ll conveniently set, leaving the sky dark for this weekend’s Lyrid meteors.

Last quarter moon on April 8

The April 2018 last quarter moon was near 2 planets, Mars and Saturn.

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

It’s waxing toward the 1st of 2 full moons for the month of March.

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.

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.’

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