Watch the 1st half-lit first quarter moon of 2023 rise tonight

An illustration of the first quarter moon as it will appear in the sky on Saturday (Jan. 28).


On Saturday, Jan. 28, skywatchers will be able to see the year’s first first quarter moon, when the moon appears to be half-lit from the perspective of Earth.

Across the United States, the moon will rise in the late morning and be visible until it sets around midnight some 13 or 14 hours later, depending on your specific location. In New York City, the moon will rise at 10:53 a.m. EST (1553 GMT) and set at 12:40 a.m. EST (0540 GMT) on Jan. 29, according to skywatching site (opens in new tab).