When using night vision equipment on any given night, it is important to know what the moon phase is because the moon provides ambient light. Most night vision systems require some ambient light, (See How Night Vision Works ) even if it is very little, like starlight. The more ambient light there is, the easier it is to see. So, if you're using your night vision equipment during a "New Moon" phase, you need to know that there won't be any ambient light coming from the moon.
Thanks to Google Gadgets, we can now show you the current phases of the moon right here on the website. So, if you have an operation, mission, or security check planned and haven't checked the moon phases lately, you know where you can find that information readily available. Be sure to bookmark this page. The information below is for the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth.