4 keys to understanding moon phases

As the moon orbits Earth, we see varying fractions of its lighted face. These are the changing phases of the moon. Four tips to understanding moon phases, here.

Hunter’s Moon falls on October 9 in 2022

The Hunter's Moon - full moon following the Harvest Moon - is on October 9 in 2022. The bright object near the full moon is our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter.

2022’s September full moon is the Harvest Moon

The September full moon – the Harvest Moon – happens overnight on September 9-10, 2022. This full moon lies near Jupiter in the constellation Aquarius.

Closest supermoon of 2022 is July 13

The closest supermoon of the year will be today! On July 13, 2022. The moon will lie 222,089 miles (357,418 km) from Earth.

May full moon is the Flower Moon

May's full moon is overnight on May 15-16, 2022. This month's full moon, called the Flower Moon, coincides with a total lunar eclipse this year.

Full moon falls on April 16

The April 2022 full moon – overnight on April 16 – is the Pink Moon and lies near the star Spica in the constellation Virgo. Find star charts here.

What is a waxing gibbous moon?

A waxing gibbous moon is in the sky when darkness falls. It lights up the early evening. It appears more than half lighted, but less than full.

First quarter moon appears half-illuminated

The first quarter moon come halfway between new and full moon. One quarter of the moon is visible from Earth: half the moon's lighted half.

What is a new moon?

New moons generally can't be seen. They cross the sky with the sun during the day. The moon's shadow side is toward Earth.

What is a full moon?

The full moon, opposite the sun in its orbit, shows its sunlit side. The moon appears full a couple of days before and after the exact full moon.