What kind of moon do we have out tonight?
Today July 6, 2015 (Monday), the Moon is in a Waning Gibbous Phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with a illumination of 50%.
It appears less than full but more than half lighted. It rises eerily some hours after sunset, glowing red like a full moon when it’s near the horizon. Sometimes it looks like a misshapen clone of a full moon.
The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9am and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning. During this phase the Moon can also be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon.
Check out approximate Moon phases at Moongiant.com.
Anyone who received a telescope may be itching to try it out, and the most popular first target for any telescope is our nearest neighbour in space, the moon. Check out some tips to make your first telescopic encounter with the moon more enjoyable at Space.com.