The Moon Guide
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U. S. N. O.
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The phase of the Moon right now

Phase
 
spacer  The gibbous Moon

< The first-quarter Moon

Gibbous Moon
The gibbous Moon
Photo by Jamie Cooper
The terminator of the gibbous Moon runs through the wide explanse of the Oceanus Procellarum, which has comparatively few craters and is therefore easier to find your way around. It is dotted with comparatively recent individual craters such as Copernicus, Kepler and Aristarchus, which is the brightest feature on the Moon.

1 Sinus Iridum
2 Aristarchus
3 Kepler
4 Gassendi
5 Tycho
6 Schiller
7 Clavius
8 Plato
9 Copernicus

For a full map of the Moon, with several hundred features labelled, go to our interactive Moon map.

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Crescent Moon

Observing the Moon

Moon lighting

'Seas' and mountains

How much can you see?

Using binoculars and telescopes

Drawing the Moon

Getting to know the Moon

Three-day crescent Moon

Six-day crescent Moon

First-quarter Moon

Gibbous Moon

Interactive Moon map

 
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