See the half-lit third quarter moon rise tonight

An illustration of how the third quarter moon will appear in the night sky on Feb. 13, 2023.


Tonight could offer a good opportunity for viewing details on the lunar surface.

When you look up at the moon tonight, Feb. 13, you might notice that it appears to be cut in half. That’s because the moon is in its last-quarter phase, also known as the third-quarter phase, during which the part of the moon that faces Earth is only lit on one side.