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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.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.
The September 16 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.
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.
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.
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.
A waning crescent moon is sometimes called an old moon. It’s seen in the east before dawn.
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.
Meteor over Hidden Lake, Montana