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    November’s full moon falls on November 30

    November’s full moon is at 09:29 UTC November 30, but it will look full before and after that date.

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

    1st quarter moon is November 22

    The 1st quarter moon happens on November 22, 2020, at 04:45 UTC. Here’s what to look for, and how to recognize this moon phase.

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

    What is a waxing crescent moon?

    A waxing crescent moon shines in the west after sunset. It quickly follows the sun below the western horizon.

    New moon is November 15, 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 November 15 at 05:07 UTC.

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

    Last quarter moon is November 8

    The moon reaches its last quarter phase on November 8, 2020, at 13:46 UTC.

    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.

    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.’

    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.

    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.

    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.