Moons for the next few months

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Current moon

Current phase of the moon
New
19 October 2017, 19:13
First Quarter
27 October 2017, 22:23
Full
4 November 2017, 05:24
Last Quarter
10 November 2017, 20:38
New
18 November 2017, 11:43

Times are GMT using a 24 hour clock

Moons for the next year

The table shows the times of the New and Full moons over the next year. The times are GMT. Also shown are the Islamic month & year corresponding to each New moon and the date on which the month probably starts in Makkah and in London. Following the table there are notes about its contents.

Moons from 19 October 2017 to 7 November 2018
New moon Full moon Islamic month
Name Makkah London
19 October 2017
19:13
4 November 2017
05:24
Safar
1439
21 October 21 October
18 November 2017
11:43
3 December 2017
15:49
Rabia I
1439
20 November 20 November
18 December 2017
06:31
2 January 2018
02:25
Rabia II
1439
20 December 20 December
17 January 2018
02:18
31 January 2018
13:28
Jumada I
1439
19 January 19 January
15 February 2018
21:07
2 March 2018
00:52
Jumada II
1439
17 February 17 February
17 March 2018
13:14
31 March 2018
12:38
Rajab
1439
19 March 19 March
16 April 2018
02:00
30 April 2018
00:59
Shaban
1439
18 April 18 April
15 May 2018
11:50
29 May 2018
14:21
Ramadan
1439
17 May
Laylat al-Qadar:
12 June?
17 May
Laylat al-Qadar:
12 June?
13 June 2018
19:45
28 June 2018
04:55
Shawwai
1439
15 June
Eid-al-Fitr:
15 June
15 June
Eid-al-Fitr:
15 June
13 July 2018
02:50
27 July 2018
20:22
Zu’lkadah
1439
15 July 14 July
11 August 2018
09:59
26 August 2018
11:58
Zu’lhijjah
1439
13 August
Eid-al-Adha:
22 August
13 August
Eid-al-Adha:
22 August
9 September 2018
18:03
25 September 2018
02:55
Muharran
1440
11 September
Ashura:
20 September
11 September
Ashura:
20 September
9 October 2018
03:48
24 October 2018
16:48
Safar
1440
11 October 11 October
7 November 2018
16:03
23 November 2018
05:41
Rabia I
1440
9 November 9 November

Data last updated 19 October 2017, 19:42 GMT

Notes

New moon

New moon on this page means the time, in the current orbit, when the moon’s unlit side is most exactly facing the Earth. Astronomers call this a ‘conjunction’. Sometimes this phase is referred to as a dark moon to distinguish it from the popular meaning of new moon which refers to a very thin crescent.

The timings

The timings should be pretty accurate and match, to within a minute, those shown in tables produced by more competent people than me. All times shown are GMT (UTC).

The table is recalculated the first time this page is accessed following a new moon. If you happen to be the person who makes this access the page will take a little longer than usual to load.

The moon phase image

The moon phase image shows the current phase of the moon as seen from the northern hemisphere. The image should be accurate to around 9 hours; sometimes it will be a little bit ahead, sometimes a little bit behind though around the quarters it will be more accurate. I could make it more accurate but only at the expense of placing a bigger strain on the server.

Some versions of Internet Explorer sometimes do not request a new image when the one they have in their cache expires. If the phase is obviously very wrong then reload the image manually.

Your location

A couple of people have asked if the phase of the moon and the timings change depending on where you are on the Earth.

The answer is that they don’t. For practical purposes anyway. There is a tiny effect on the phase for, say, people on opposite sides of the planet but it really is tiny. The reason is that the diameter of the Earth is small compared to the distance to the moon. The Earth is around 12800 km across. The distance to the moon is around 384000 km — around 30 times greater. The parallax is just too small to make the phase difference visible to the naked eye.

Islamic months

The Islamic month start dates can only be approximate as they depend on actual sightings of the crescent moon. Since this cannot be predicted with absolute certainty it is impossible to predict the month start dates with complete accuracy. What is shown here should be seen only as a guide.

See here for more information on this as I understand it.

Please note

I am not a Muslim and cannot answer questions about prayer times because I do not know the rules.

Further information

If you need moon phase information from outside the times shown in the table you could look at NASA’s 6000 year Moon Phase Catalog which will give you the times of New, Full & Quarter moons over a 6000 year period from 2000 BCE to 4000 CE