See the final first quarter moon of 2022 join Jupiter tonight

An illustration of the night sky on Dec. 29 showing the moon in close proximity to Jupiter.


On Thursday evening (Dec. 29), the moon will reach its first quarter phase; this will be the last time the moon reaches one of its four major phases in 2022. 

Since the new moon on Dec. 23, the lunar surface has gradually been becoming more illuminated, and tonight, it’ll appear to be half-lit. The next phase of the moon will be the full moon, which will occur on Jan. 6, 2023.