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The February 2018 new moon comes almost directly between the Earth and sun.
The moon has passed several planets before dawn and it’s now waning toward a partial solar eclipse on February 15.
Watch for the last quarter moon after midnight Tuesday, or early Wednesday morning. It’ll be showing us half of its lighted half, or day side.
You’ll find the moon rising late at night, and, if you look closely, you might catch it in a blue daytime sky, in the west after sunrise.
It’s waxing toward a full supermoon this weekend.
The moon will reach its 1st quarter phase on January 24 at 22:20 UTC. It’ll shine in the evening sky, looking half-illuminated, like half a pie.
The young moon is back in the evening sky, waxing toward a lunar eclipse on January 31.
In 2013, an astrophotographer in France captured an amazing photo of the moon at the precise instant of new moon.
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.
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.’
Young moon and Venus February 16 to 18