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This 1st quarter moon will offer gorgeous telescopic views for those taking part in Astronomy Day. Then it’ll conveniently set, leaving the sky dark for this weekend’s Lyrid meteors.
New moon is April 16 at 01:57 UTC … the evening of April 15 for the Americas. Especially in North America, you might see an extremely young moon, below brilliant Venus, shortly after sunset April 16.
The April 2018 last quarter moon was near 2 planets, Mars and Saturn.
It’s waxing toward the 1st of 2 full moons for the month of March.
The most important key is to think of the moon as a world in space, with a day and night side.
In 2013, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new 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.’
Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend
Antarctic Milky Way selfie