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Watch for the young moon

The young moon is back in the west after sunset. Very lovely, and passing near some bright stars in the days ahead.

April 26 new moon is a supermoon

New moon will happen on April 26 at 12:16 UTC. It’s 2017’s first supermoon, that is, a moon particularly close to Earth. Expect larger than usual tides to follow this new moon.

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

Some caught the waning crescent moon – the “old” moon – in the east before dawn Monday morning. Next new moon is April 26, 2017 at 12:16 UTC.

Think in 3D with the last quarter moon

Moon reaches the last quarter phase on the night of April 18-19, 2017. Watch for it after midnight – or around dawn – and use it to imagine Earth’s motion through space.

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

Watch for the moon late at night now, or before dawn. Last quarter moon will come on the night of April 18-19.

What’s special about this full moon?

Tonight’s full moon (April 11 at 6:08 UTC) is the 1st full moon of northern spring and fixes the date of Easter Sunday.

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

Full moon is coming up on the night of April 10-11.

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

How can you come to know our ever-changing moon? The most important key is that it’s a world in space with a day side and a night side.

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.

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.’

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.