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When Will the Moon Rise Today?

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A common lunar puzzle involves the timing of moonrise. Folks who enjoy the outdoors and the wonders of nature may wish to commit to memory the words on the chart below.

  • Moonrise (and, incidentally, the time of high tide) occurs about 50 minutes later each day than the day before.
  • To determine the time of moonrise for each day of the month, just add 50 minutes for each day after a phase or subtract 50 minutes for each day prior to a new phase.
  • The new Moon is invisible because it is approximately between Earth and the Sun, so the dark half of the Moon is facing us and the sunlit half is facing the Sun. (Sometimes, the new Moon is directly in front of the Sun, in which case we'd see a solar eclipse.)
  • One or two days after the date of the new Moon, we can see it in the western sky as a thin crescent setting just after sunset.
  • In following the chart below, care must be taken when using the terms Moon and midnight. These are affected by adjustments for daylight saving time and to a lesser degree by one's longitude in a particular time zone. (Sunrise and sunset, of course, are definitive times regardless of people's tamperings with the clock.)
  • Since the Moon has no light of its own but merely reflects sunlight, we see a full Moon rise in the east when the Sun is setting in the west.
The new Moon always rises near sunrise
And the first quarter near noon.
The full Moon always rises near sunset
And the last quarter near midnight.


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It seems a lot more chaotic

By Steve Howe

It seems a lot more chaotic than the 50 minutes rule:
Moonrise, Moonset and Meridian Passing in Norwich UK 2015

Feb 14 3:16 AM 12:09 PM - 7:43 AM
Feb 15 4:13 AM 1:08 PM - 8:40 AM
Feb 16 5:04 AM 2:17 PM - 9:38 AM
Feb 17 5:48 AM 3:34 PM - 10:37 AM
Feb 18 6:25 AM 4:56 PM - 11:36 AM
Feb 19 6:59 AM 6:20 PM - 12:33 PM
Feb 20 7:29 AM 7:43 PM - 1:29 PM

The moon rises and sets in all sorts of directions and is up for various amounts of time. I presume there's a pattern similar to that of the sun but I can't imagine the set-up well enough to imagine and understand it.
Meridian Passing time seems fairly well ordered, about 56 to 59 minutes later each day but still not the 50 minutes.
Help ? :-)

The 50-minute rule is a very

By Almanac Staff

The 50-minute rule is a very general guideline. The exact timing of moonrise/set will be dependent on several factors, including longitude, latitude, season, and moon phase. Hope this helps!

been following 6pm moons

By edy

been following 6pm moons since august actually. i am a moony.
i'm like whoa! from direct south, to direct east points, the moon rises a one league to the east every night, traveling westerly through out the night. ....after the 6 full moons arriving more easterly every night, are many no moon nights at 6pm. except for the last of these, the moon will show its shiny face in the morning. the morning moons. ..back to whoa: 8 nights between point south to point east, until Feb. was i surprised in February, that there were only 7 nights! 28 days, dugh. As we know February does. Except March is 6 nights, [and more confusion to confusing to write here], regarding where the moon is seen twice at the same points near direct west, south, so on. There are 31 days in March.

Is there some explainable typical March reason for this?

Wrong. The New Moon is

By Stephen M. Zumbo

Wrong. The New Moon is invisible because the side facing the Earth is completely UNLIT by the sun. At that time, the Sun is fully lighting the moon's FAR side. The Sun never blots out the Moon. Of course, the Moon can blot out the Sun occasionally, causing Solar eclipses

You are entirely correct. We

By Almanac Staff

You are entirely correct. We apologize for the error and have updated the article. Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you very much for

By Stephen M. Zumbo

Thank you very much for making the correction to the article, based on my post about the real cause of New Moon, and for doing so promptly, as well as informing me of the change.

Interesting. Thanks for the

By stevenj777

Interesting. Thanks for the info. Somehow it made me wonder if starlight and electric light are enough to light the moon if there wasn't a sun at all. Imagine what the moon would look like lit by the aurora absent the suns light.

At what time did the moon

By Roman perlera

At what time did the moon rise

Has anyone seen moonbeams? 35

By stuart blum

Has anyone seen moonbeams? 35 years ago I saw a phenomenon that was amazing. The full moon rose and as it was at the horizon hundreds, or more, beams of light, the size of a fluorescent bulb, shot across te sky. they were about 100 feet high., with a blue hue. People are rarely outside these days so it's easy to miss. I do't know the conditions for this to occur. I have returned to the spot on dozens of full moons and have been dissappointed each time.

It feel good to gain

By divya

It feel good to gain knowledge and through this blog I am gaining a lot of informative knowledge. Recently, a huge disaster happens in Japan like earthquake and tsunami. Many scientists claims that it happens because moon is coming near to earth. Is it true?

Hello, Divya, The Moon's

By Almanac Staff

Hello, Divya, The Moon's position may cause higher than usual tides but there is not a scientific connection between the Moon's position and extreme weather or Japan's earthquake. To quote NASA astronomer, "At the time of the earthquake in Japan, the moon was actually closer to its furthest point in orbit from Earth than it was to its March 19 closest point, so the gravitational effect of the moon was, in fact, less than average at that time. It was basically a normal day on Earth as far as the lunar gravity and tidal forces were concerned."

Where science is defined as

By Randy Lee

Where science is defined as that which is known, I'm thinking that the statement "there is not a scientific connection between the Moon's position and extreme weather or Japan's earthquake" is valid, inasmuch as there is no known connection.

THANKS!! I had heard that

By Danielle Benz

THANKS!! I had heard that little saying a long time ago, but couldn't remember how it went and couldn't seem to find it online!

when you plant by the light

By lemons

when you plant by the light of the moon, is it good to do that because of gravity , or the light of the moon its'self?

I never knew of that

By stevenj777

I never knew of that practice. I've been planting just before or on a new moon (day or night) with the idea that the gradual pull or stretch of the suns energy by the moon pulling to the opposite side of the earth helps pull the plants to life. I also like to plant seeds around this time if an electrical storm is in the forecast... I imagine the storm helps germinate the seeds. People say I have good luck with planting from seed but I like to imagine it's understanding.

This age-old practice is

By Almanac Staff

This age-old practice is based on the belief that plants respond to the gravitational pull of the Moon similar to the way that the oceans respond. This stimulates root and leaf growth, how the seeds sprout, and how the plants grow. According to many farmers, harvests are larger. Try it and let us know if it works for you!

some people really belive the

By lemons

some people really belive the moon has power over our emotional & well being states.during certain phases,in a lot of people,repeated health & mental states reoccured while during those moon phases, without them being aware they were being tested for that very thing!

The stars are not in front of

By Paul A. Schroeter

The stars are not in front of the moon.

Correct. The stars are just a

By Catherine Boeckmann

Correct. The stars are just a decorative icon, not an astronomical representation.

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