What percent of the time can astronomers observe without interference from the Moon? (Beginner)

In a given month, what percent of nighttime hours are available for observing without interference from the moon?

It depends on how much interference from the moon you're willing to put up with. If the moon is just a crescent, you might be able to observe something that you couldn't if the moon was full. But to simplify the question to "What percent of the nighttime in a month is the moon up at all?", the answer is that it's exactly half.

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Christopher Springob

Christopher Springob

Chris studies the large scale structure of the universe using the peculiar velocities of galaxies.  He got his PhD from Cornell in 2005, and is now a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia.

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