The current moon phase for today and tonight is the phase. The moon is now % visible and is . Today the Moon is days old.
The approximate distance from Earth to the Moon is and days left to the next phase ().
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This is the first and invisible phase of the Moon, with the illuminated side of the Moon facing the Sun and the night side facing Earth. The New Moon is only directly visible during a solar eclipse.
A week after new moon comes first quarter, when the Moon is a quarter of the way around its orbit. It is also termed a Half Moon. A First Quarter Moon rises around noon and sets around midnight.
At 100% phase illumination, the day side of the Moon is directly pointed at the night side of the Earth and the Moon is full. A Full Moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise and it looks bigger when it is near the horizon.
The Moon enters the Last Quarter (or Third Quarter) of its orbit at nearly 23 days old. Only half of it appears to be illuminated. You can see this phase at late night and in the early morning (6 am).
The Moon crust is made of composed primarily of oxygen (O), silicon (Si), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), and aluminum (Al), but important minor and trace elements such as titanium (Ti), uranium (U), thorium (Th), potassium (K), and hydrogen (H) are present as well. Below the crust is the mantle coming, with a thickness of roughly 1350 km is far more extensive than the crust, which has an average thickness of about 50 km. The mantle is made of olivine, orthopyroxene and clino pyroxene. Finally, at the center is the Moon’s dense, metallic core. The core is largely composed of iron (Fe) and some nickel (Ni). The inner core is a solid mass of about 480 km in diameter. Surrounding the solid inner core is a fluid outer core, that brings the total diameter of the core to about 660 km.More Moon Facts
The Moon is the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System and the biggest in comparison to its host planet, with a diameter about one-quarter that of Earth. The exact diameter is 2159.14 miles (3 474.8 km ).More Moon Facts
A supermoon occurs when the Moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time the Moon is full. At such a time, the Moon can look larger and brighter than it normally does - especially when it is seen rising above the horizon. However, it's important to note that the actual difference in size and brightness between a supermoon and an average full moon is not typically dramatic, and may not be noticeable to the naked eye without a direct comparison.More Moon Facts
No, the moon has no water and has only a very thin and tenuous atmosphere (called an exosphere) so it cannot trap heat or insulate the surface. So, for example, there is no wind to create weather system. The Moon does, in fact, affect the Earth's climate and weather patterns in several subtle ways.More Moon Facts
An analysis of moon's mineral composition suggests that the moon is around 4.425 billion years old.More Moon Facts
There are four major lunar phases: the New Moon, the First Quarter, the Full Moon, and the Last Quarter (also known as the Third or Final Quarter). There are also four minor phases: waxing crescent, waxing gibbous, waning gibbous, and waning crescent.More Moon Phases
This is the sixth phase of the Moon. The waning gibbous phase is between a Full moon and a Half moon and it means that the Moon is getting smaller and smaller. A Wanning Gibbous Moon rises around 9 pm and sets around 9 am.More Moon Phases
The First Quarter is the third lunar phase. The Moon is a quarter of the way around its orbit and you see half of its illuminated side. That’s why sometimes it is also termed as Half Moon. A first quarter moon rises around noon and sets around midnight. It’s high in the sky in the evening and makes for excellent viewing.More Moon Phases
Half Moon is used to mean the first- and third-quarter moons, while the term quarter refers to the extent of the Moon's cycle around the Earth, not its shape. So a Half Moon is when only half of the Moon’s surface facing the Earth is lit by light from the Sun.More Moon Phases
The best time to go stargazing is around the New Moon, when there is no Moon in the sky. Therefore, both the morning and evening sky are moon-free and great for stargazing.More Moon Phases
Believers in the lunar cycle effects on human bodies (including the hair) ascribe a similarly forceful effect of this gravitational field on the bodies of humans and animals. According to their belief system, hair grows stronger, hair care products work better, and the styling is more beautiful if the hair care regimen is scheduled according to the lunar calendar. Conditions during the waxing moon promote hair growth after a haircut. Therefore, you should cut your hair between the new and full moon if you want your hair to grow fast after a haircut.More Fun Facts
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are exactly or very closely aligned with Earth between the other two, which can happen only on the night of a Full Moon. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon falls entirely within the Earth's umbra.More Fun Facts
At first, Blue Moon is nothing to do with the actual color of the Moon. A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month. Typically, months have only one Full Moon, but sometimes a second one sneaks in. Most months are 30 or 31 days long while Full Moons are separated by 29 days, so it’s possible to fit two full moons in a single month. This happens every two and a half years, on average. Blue Moons dependent on the Gregorian calendar and time zones so you should check our Moon Calendar.More Fun Facts
No one. According to international law, no one can lay territorial claim to the Moon or any other celestial body, so a national flag on the Moon is purely symbolic. There are also websites where you can buy a certificate saying you own a plot of land on the Moon, but this isn't worth the paper it is written on.More Fun Facts
In many languages the Moon is gender neutral, in other languages it’s not. For example, in French, the Moon is feminine (la lune) and in German, the Moon is masculine (der Mond). From a cultural point of view, the Moon is often referred as feminine. For example, in Greek mythology, Selene was the Goddess of the Moon and so the Moon has been known as Selene. In Roman mythology, it was the Goddess Luna, from where we get Lunar cycles from. This would give the moon a female gender.More Fun Facts