When Will the Moon Rise Tonight?

How to Calculate the Time of Moonrise Today


A common lunar puzzle involves finding when the Moon will rise each night. Folks who enjoy the outdoors and the wonders of nature may wish to commit to memory the words on this handy chart. Knowing when the Moon will rise will help you to enjoy every evening outside!

What is the Definition of Moonrise? 

Moonrise is defined as the moment when the upper edge of the Moon’s disk touches the horizon.

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.
  • 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.)

Moonrise Chart

Find YOUR local moonrise and moonset times for your area 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.

Why is the New Moon Invisible?

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.

How Can a Full Moon Be Visible During the Day?

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. Sometimes the Moon rise/set and Sun rise/set times overlap, so you can see the Full Moon during the day.

More Moon Facts

A little confused about some of these Moon terms? Check out our glossary of lunar terms.

Why does the Moon sometimes look so big when it’s rising? Find out!

Check out our Monthly Moon Phase Calendar to find out the phase of the Moon tonight! 

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Stars actually NEVER appear in FRONT of the moon!

Moonrise icons

Correct. As mentioned in the first comment below, the stars are just a decorative icon, not an astronomical representation.

It seems a lot more chaotic

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

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

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

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

Interesting. Thanks for the

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.

You are entirely correct. We

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

Thank you very much for

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.

At what time did the moon

At what time did the moon rise

Has anyone seen moonbeams? 35

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.

I have seen those last year

I have seen those last year in no4 t h dakota. How is it caused? I've seen too many weird phenomena in the last couple years to even look anymore. It was just in the winter time but this year the moon jumps around. I've only seen what your talking about once around 3 am. It actually looked like every beam was focusing on a street light straight up in the air above the tops of them.

I'm not too sure what I see

I'm not too sure what I see most often is the real moon anymore to be honest. I've watched the full moon set on top of a cell phone tower it's never on the right place in the sky maybe a few times a week. I don't believe that the stars are like our sun. On top of the tower there were lights I could only see out of the corner of my eye. I have watched shuttles slingshot off the moon too in 15 minute intervals I watched 5. It looks like a star rising from the moon and shooting off or dissappear ingredients only 1 at a time but for a minute there was 2. I find the angle of the sun and moon highly unbelievable if light moves in a straight line. Truth is there's no such thing as a straight line as all motion is relative the earth is as much the center of the universe as any other point. I believe our universe is shaped like a magnetic field. Like all energy I believe light circles back to the source.but i dont know anything.Why is it always the side half of th e moon th at we see?. If The earth turned on 3 axis instead of one it would look like one to us as lon as rhey areally balanced. I think the earth used to move half a spin on one axis. A third of a turn on another and a quarter turn on another. Hence why there are 13 moon phases in a year. A third minus a quarter is a twelfth. And a full rotation around the sun means it turned 13 times. Even the way scientists explain the earth would only spin 364.25 th times in the year the revolution around the Sun would be the 365th day

It feel good to gain

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

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

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

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

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?

some people really belive the

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!

This age-old practice is

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!

I never knew of that

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.

The stars are not in front of

The stars are not in front of the moon.

Correct. The stars are just a

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