Quarter Moon Is Coming Soon in October 5

Quarter Moon Is Coming Soon in October 5

The 1st quarter moon is very near to us, on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 16:47 UTC. You’ll witness the moon at sunset on that evening.

The name of the moon is called quarter moon because it is one quarter of the way around in its orbit of Earth, as measured from one new moon to the next. A new moon happens when the Moon is directly in between the Sun and the Earth.

According to NASA, “It is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our cultural and personal connections to the Moon. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe, learn about, and celebrate the Moon together.”

Tom Wildoner wrote: “One of my favorite areas to photograph on the moon near the 1st quarter! I captured this view of the sun lighting up the mountain range called Montes Apenninus. The moon was casting a nice shadow on the back side of the mountains. This mountain range is about 370 miles (600 km) long with some of the peaks rising as high as 3.1 miles (5 km).”

Over the next few nights, just after sunset, a crescent moon will appear to glide past the solar system’s giant planets Jupiter and Saturn. At a convenient time and easy to see, it’s a celestial spectacle that will be visible across the world on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Earthsky mentions “Here’s something else to look for on a 1st quarter moon. Aqilla Othman in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, caught the photo. Notice that he caught Lunar X and Lunar V. These are similar features on the moon that fleetingly take an X or V shape when the moon appears in a 1st quarter phase from Earth”.

Source: Text; earthsky.org

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