Astronomy New Event 29 April 2020

The moon will reach its first quarter phase on Wednesday, April 1 at 10:21 GMT. At that time, the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon will cause us to see the moon half illuminated—on the western (right-hand) side.

Sunlight striking the moon at a shallow angle produces spectacularly illuminated landscapes along the pole-to-pole terminator that separates the lit and dark hemispheres. First quarter moons rise at noon and set at midnight, so they are visible starting in the afternoon hours.
The term "first quarter" refers not to the moon's appearance, but the fact that our natural satellite has now completed the one quarter of its orbit around Earth, counting from the last new moon.

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