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Young moon returns to evening sky

The moon is back in the evening sky, and will soon sweep past the planet Saturn.

Where’s the moon? 1st quarter

The moon reaches its 1st quarter phase on September 28 at 02:54 UTC. The upcoming full moon on October 5 will be the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon.

Watch for September’s full moon

Full moon falls during the night of September 5, 2017 for the Americas, September 6 for much of the rest of the world. It’s not a true Harvest Moon yet, but it acts like one.

Moon that’ll cover sun on August 21 is called a Black Moon

Like Blue Moon, Black Moon is a name from folklore. It’s the name for the 3rd of 4 new moons in a season. The August 21 total solar eclipse is caused by such a moon. Some will call it a Black Moon eclipse.

Where’s the moon? Waning crescent

When is the last waning moon you’ll see before Monday’s eclipse? If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere – and have a clear sky – probably Sunday morning. Look east before sunup.

Last quarter moon is August 14-15

Watch for the last quarter moon tonight after midnight or Tuesday morning. Just one week to go to the total solar eclipse!

Where’s the moon? Waning gibbous

Watch for the moon late at night now, or in the early morning. Last quarter moon will come on August 14-15, depending on your time zone.

Where’s the moon? Waxing gibbous

It’s waxing toward full moon and a partial lunar eclipse on August 7-8. This week’s waxing moon means moonlight for the Perseid meteor shower on the peak mornings of August 12 and 13.

What’s the youngest moon you can see?

In 2013, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.

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.’