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Full moon is September 24-25

Here’s why a full moon looks full.

What is a waxing gibbous moon?

We’ve now passed first quarter moon, and the moon is waxing toward full. Full moon will come on September 24-25, 2018.

1st quarter moon is September 16

The 1st quarter moon comes on September 16 at 23:15 UTC. As viewed from the whole Earth, it’s high up at sunset, looking like half a pie.

What is a waxing crescent moon?

You’ll always see a waxing crescent moon in the west after sunset. It’s a setting moon, due to follow the sun below the western horizon.

What is a waning crescent moon?

A waning crescent moon is up in the east before sunrise. It’s waning toward new moon, when the moon will be between the Earth and sun.

What’s the youngest moon you can see?

In modern times, as astrophotographer Thierry Legault proved in 2013, it’s possible to capture a moon in a photograph at the instant the moon is new. What about young moon sightings using only your eye? The youngest moons, here.

Do we all see the same moon phase?

One Earth. One sky. One moon phase (more or less) from all of Earth. So why (and how) does the moon look different from different parts of Earth?

Top 4 keys to mastering moon phases

The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.

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.’