The Third Quarter Moon

   The Third Quarter Moon is missed by most casual observers. You will not see the Moon in this phase anytime before midnight. In this phase, the Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. Once the Sun does rise, the half illuminated Moon should be rather easily spotted in the southern part of the daytime sky for observers in the northern hemisphere. Unfortunately, most people do not think to look for the Moon in the morning sky, or do not look on the correct day of the month.

It is with a certain amount of amusement that I hear of peoples' surprise and amazement at observing the Moon in the daylit morning sky.

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