When the sun is high in the sky, the moon is high on the horizon, and a beautiful spring day is about to come and go, many of us use Facebook to connect and celebrate the spring season.
But when the sun sets, the sun disappears.
In the UK, the last time the sun set was in April 2018, according to BBC News.
So what do we do when the moon goes down, or when it comes back up?
It’s always important to make sure you’re ready for the new moon and new moonrise, says Mark Blyth, managing director of technology and communications at British company Digital Analytics.
“You have to make time to get out there.
You need to have a good idea of when you can go out,” he says.”
That’s the key for the last month, because if you’re going to be out in the world for a week, that’s a lot of time you’re missing.”
The best time for you to do this is during the first week of March, when the new Moon rises and the sun slowly sets.
If you’re in a city or town, it’s best to do your shopping early, so you don’t miss out on any of the excitement.
For those living in rural areas, a good way to plan for a new moon is to look for the next moonrise and new moonset at night.
This is the time of year when the stars are best aligned and most of the moon’s light is visible.
“The last time we had a new Moon in March was in May 2017, so that was a good time to go out and have a look at the sky,” says Mr Blyst.
“When you get out to the horizon and look out across the country, you can see the stars going in different directions, so it’s a great time to look at it.”
If you want to do more research about when the Moon will rise and set, you could look at this chart, which shows the time it takes for the moon to rise and rise again in relation to Earth.
There is some variation in how long it takes the Moon to rise in relation with Earth and the Sun.
For example, in May 2019, the Earth rose at about 1:28pm GMT (4:28am local time) and the Moon rose at 3:09pm GMT.
“I think that’s one of the most common misconceptions about the new moons.
That’s because the moon rises and sets all over the world and it’s just a case of how much time we’re on Earth, so how much we’re in the sun’s glare, which can be a factor,” Mr Bylth says.
The best place to go for this information is at the National Astronomical Observatory.
This chart shows the Moon’s position in relation in time to Earth, and its position relative to the Earth.
The National Astronomy Centre in Cornwall has more information about the time difference between the two objects, and also has maps of how the Moon changes its position.
If you are in a rural area, a moonrise is probably best done in the morning or late afternoon.
But if you have more time and don’t mind spending more money, consider doing it at night, or even early in the day.
“If you have a window, then it’s fine to do it late at night or early in morning.
But for those with other activities, you may want to check with the astronomy centre or a local astronomy club before you do it,” Mr Geddes says.