A common lunar puzzle involves finding when the moon will rise tonight. Learn how to find the time of the moonrise here!
Folks who enjoy the outdoors and the wonders of nature may wish to commit to memory the words on the chart below. Knowing when the Moon will rise will help you to enjoy every evening outside!
Finding Moonrise Times
- 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.
- Why does the Moon sometimes look so big when it’s rising? Find out here!
|The new Moon always rises near sunrise.|
|The first quarter Moon always rises near noon.|
|The full Moon always rises near sunset.|
|The last quarter Moon always rises near midnight.|
A little confused about some of these Moon terms? Check out our glossary of lunar terms.
If you’re looking for an easier method, you can find exact moonrise and moonset times for your area here.