Moons for the next few months

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Current moon

Current phase of the moon
New
7 November 2018, 16:03
First Quarter
15 November 2018, 14:54
Full
23 November 2018, 05:41
Last Quarter
30 November 2018, 00:21
New
7 December 2018, 07:22

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 7 November 2018 to 26 November 2019
New moon Full moon Islamic month
Name Makkah London
7 November 2018
16:03
23 November 2018
05:41
Rabia I
1440
9 November 9 November
7 December 2018
07:22
22 December 2018
17:50
Rabia II
1440
9 December 9 December
6 January 2019
01:30
21 January 2019
05:17
Jumada I
1440
8 January 8 January
4 February 2019
21:05
19 February 2019
15:54
Jumada II
1440
6 February 6 February
6 March 2019
16:05
21 March 2019
01:43
Rajab
1440
8 March 8 March
5 April 2019
08:52
19 April 2019
11:12
Shaban
1440
7 April 7 April
4 May 2019
22:47
18 May 2019
21:12
Ramadan
1440
6 May
Laylat al-Qadar:
1 June?
6 May
Laylat al-Qadar:
1 June?
3 June 2019
10:03
17 June 2019
08:31
Shawwai
1440
5 June
Eid-al-Fitr:
5 June
5 June
Eid-al-Fitr:
5 June
2 July 2019
19:17
16 July 2019
21:40
Zu’lkadah
1440
4 July 4 July
1 August 2019
03:13
15 August 2019
12:31
Zu’lhijjah
1440
3 August
Eid-al-Adha:
12 August
3 August
Eid-al-Adha:
12 August
30 August 2019
10:38
14 September 2019
04:35
Muharran
1441
1 September
Ashura:
10 September
1 September
Ashura:
10 September
28 September 2019
18:28
13 October 2019
21:11
Safar
1441
30 September 30 September
28 October 2019
03:40
12 November 2019
13:37
Rabia I
1441
30 October 30 October
26 November 2019
15:08
12 December 2019
05:15
Rabia II
1441
28 November 28 November

Data last updated 7 November 2018, 16:24 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