See the half-lit first quarter moon on Wednesday (Nov. 30)

The half-illuminated moon as it appears during the first quarter moon.


On the evening of Wednesday (Nov. 30), the moon enters its first quarter phase with its face almost exactly half-illuminated. During this lunar phase, the moon rises at midday and sets around midnight. 

From New York City, the first quarter moon will become visible at 4:47 p.m. EST (2147 GMT) appearing at 33 degrees above the horizon to the southeast according to In the Sky (opens in new tab). (Remember – your fist at arm’s length equals roughly ten degrees in the sky.)