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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.
The Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon – and the 1st of 3 supermoons in 2016 – has come and gone. The moon is now waning and rising later at night.
The October 15 full moon is the Northern Hemisphere’s Hunter’s Moon and a supermoon. But all full moons are special. Here’s why.
You might spot a waxing gibbous moon against a blue afternoon sky in the next few days. It’s waxing toward the Northern Hemisphere’s full Hunter’s Moon.
A first quarter moon rises at noon and is highest at sunset. This one is waxing toward a full Hunter’s Moon and supermoon.
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.
A new moon is more or less between the Earth and sun for that monthly orbit. It rises and sets with the sun and crosses the sky during the day.
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.
An astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.
Orionid meteor in moonlight