On Saturday, Jan. 28, skywatchers will be able to see the year's first first quarter moon, when the moon appears to be half-lit from the perspective of Earth.
Across the United States, the moon will rise in the late morning and be visible until it sets around midnight some 13 or 14 hours later, depending on your specific location. In New York City, the moon will rise at 10:53 a.m. EST (1553 GMT) and set at 12:40 a.m. EST (0540 GMT) on Jan. 29, according to skywatching site In-the-sky.org.
Though you may be able to see the moon during sunlight hours, the best time to take a look is after the sun sets. Sunset in New York City occurs at 5:07 p.m. EST (1007 GMT). At that point, the moon will be 62 degrees high in the southeast sky. (Remember: Your fist held out at arm's length equals roughly 10 degrees in the sky.)
The first quarter phase is one of four in the moon's cycle as it orbits Earth, which lasts 29.5 days. This month, we have already experienced the three other phases: A full moon on Jan. 6, a last quarter moon on Jan. 14, and a new moon on Jan. 21, which marked the Lunar New Year commonly celebrated around the world.
Next up for lunar observers will be the full Snow Moon on Feb. 5, but before then, you'll have a chance to see a comet. Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is now visible in the night sky, and it will reach perigee, or its closest point to Earth during its orbit, on Feb. 1.
If you're interested in taking photographs of the moon during its first quarter, check out our helpful how to photograph the moon guide for the best lunar photography tips and tricks. We also have guides to the best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography if you need to gear up for this or other celestial events, including the close approach of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF).
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