This 1st Quarter Moon was visible at 4:30 p.m. in late February. I was photographing strange cloud formations when I noticed it.
This is the best phase to observe the moon with a telescope, it is not too bright and some of the craters are side-lit by the sun making them easier to see. My school (Willow Brook Elementary) has had "Star Night" where we set up telescopes for moon and star gazing in the soccer field. I schedule it to be during the 1st quarter phase in February. Once a parent asked, "Who in the world came up with the crazy idea to have this in February?!" I just smiled and said, "I did!" I explained that we needed to have it in the winter for 2 reasons, first of all it is still dark early in the evening and the humidity is usually pretty low so the sky is clearer. Out of the 4 years we have had the program, we had 2 good nights and 2 rainy nights. The first year we saw Venus, Mars, Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons, Saturn and even a fly-by of the International Space Station! We have people from the local astronomy club and astronomy students from Roane State Community College come with telescopes and their expertise to help. I love to see the look on a child's face the first time he or she sees the rings of Saturn! Priceless!