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Wednesday, December four at 6:58 GMT — First Quarter Moon

After the moon has accomplished the primary quarter of its orbit round Earth, the relative positions of the Earth, solar, and moon trigger us to see it half-illuminated — on its japanese aspect. On the first quarter the moon all the time rises round midday and units round midnight native time, so it is usually seen within the afternoon daytime sky. The evenings across the first quarter are the perfect instances to view the lunar terrain by binoculars and telescopes — whereas it’s dramatically lit by low-angled daylight.

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