First Quarter Moon

Image Credit: Adam Brown

Tomorrow at 2:39 PM ET, the Moon will reach First Quarter. In all of my moon shots, I never got a First Quarter. The waxing crescent is pretty close. This phase of the moon follows the New Moon, when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth. As everything moves around, we start seeing the side of the Moon that is lit by the sun. At First Quarter, we are seeing half of the lit side. As we progress through the month, we'll see more and more of the lit side until we reach Full Moon on Tuesday, April 11 at 2:08 AM ET.

Tomorrow is also the anniversary of Luna 10, which in 1966 became the first spacecraft to orbit the moon. We've come a long way since then, technologically. I think it's time to go back to the Moon. People need, once again, to leave Earth and venture into space (and the ISS doesn't count. It's barely out of the atmosphere.). Let's do this without needing a war to be the reason.

Relatively speaking, the Moon is so close! It can take months to over a year to get to Mars. We can get to the Moon in three days. What better place to test, innovate, and design new technologies?

Clear skies! I hope you get to see the moon.