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Look for the waning gibbous moon to rise in the middle of the night. It might look strangely oblong.
You know it when you see it, but what makes a full moon full?
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.
A first quarter moon rises at noon and is high overhead at sunset. It sets around midnight.
The moon reaches first quarter on August 10. That means there will be some moon-free hours before dawn for the Perseid meteor peak, morning of August 12.
You likely won’t see the moon today. The August 2, 2016 new moon – like all new moons – rises and sets with the sun.
A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn.
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.
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.’
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.
Pretty much everything you want to know about the moon in 2016 – including phases, cycles, eclipses and supermoons – from world-renowned astronomer Fred Espenak.
That glow over the unlit part of a crescent moon – called earthshine – is light reflected from Earth.
On this date a year ago, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.
Photos and video of Venus and Jupiter!