See the moon appear half-lit during its closest first quarter phase

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The moon will be almost exactly half illuminated by the sun on Sunday (Oct. 2), during a phase called the first quarter. This will also mark the closest the moon is to Earth during its first quarter phases of 2022. 

During this close first quarter moon, the moon will be about 229,985 miles (370,125 kilometers) from Earth. Following Oct. 2, the next first quarter moon happens on Nov. 1. 


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