First quarter moon, juxtaposed with a telescopic view of the moon at this phase.

1st quarter moon is September 24

The 1st quarter moon happens on September 24, 2020, at 01:54 UTC. That’s September 23 for U.S. time zones. Here’s what to look for, and how to recognize this moon phase.

New moon is September 17, 2020

New moons generally can’t be seen. They cross the sky with the sun during the day. This month’s new moon happens on September 17, 2020, at 11:00 UTC.

Last quarter moon after rising, lighted portion facing straight downward.

Last quarter moon is September 10

The moon reaches its last quarter phase on September 10, 2020, at 09:25 UTC.

Near 1st quarter moon.

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.’

Crescent moon shot with a blue filter, so that the darkened portion of the moon looks blue.

What is a waxing crescent moon?

Many people report seeing earthshine on a waxing crescent moon. That’s when the darkened portion of the crescent glows dimly with light reflected from Earth.

Exceedingly thin crescent moon on an orange twilight background.

What is a waning crescent moon?

You’ll find a waning crescent moon in the east before sunrise. It’s waning toward new moon, when the moon will be between Earth and the sun.

What is a waning gibbous moon?

The waning gibbous moon falls between full and last quarter. See it best from late night through early morning.

September full moon comes on September 1-2

September’s full moon is at 05:22 UTC September 2, but it will look full before and after that date. What makes the moon look full?

Very thin crescent against lavender sky.

Will you see the young moon on June 21?

It’s rare to catch a moon within 24 hours of new. This month’s new moon comes on June 21 at 06:41 UTC. At sunset on June 21, some in the Americas or on Pacific islands might catch an exceedingly fragile young moon – fresh from an eclipse – low in the west after sunset.

Bright waxing gibbous moon among treetops, with 2 birds flying by.

What is a waxing gibbous moon?

A waxing gibbous moon appears more than half lighted, but less than full. It rises before sundown and sets somewhere between midnight and dawn.

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 understanding moon phases

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