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Earth’s moon compared to Earth https://www.nasa.gov/moon

You’re invited to connect with a global community of lunar observers. The next International Observe the Moon Nigh at: https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon-night/

The Moon moderates Earth’s wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate over billions of years. Moon In Depth by NASA https://moon.nasa.gov/

Animation of moon passing through shadow and light phases.
Simulated view of the moon’s phases.
Year      New Moon       First Quarter       Full Moon        4 Days and Nights Full Moon Celebrations  Last Quarter 
                                        Real Full Moon Nights      Saterdays Public Celebrations
        Jan 13  05:00     Jan 20  21:02     Jan 28  19:16    Thu      Fri,     Saturday  Sun            Feb  4  17:37    
        Feb 11  19:06     Feb 19  18:47     Feb 27  08:17    Saturday Sun,     Mom,      Tus            Mar  6  01:30    
        Mar 13  10:21     Mar 21  14:40     Mar 28  18:48    Sun      Saturday Mon,      Tus                 4  10:02    
        Apr 12  02:31     Apr 20  06:59     Apr 27  03:31    Tue      Saturday Sun       Mon                 3  19:50    
        May 11  19:00     May 19  19:13     May 26  11:14 t  Wed      Thu,     Fri       Saturday            2  07:24    
        Jun 10  10:53 A   Jun 18  03:54     Jun 24  18:40    Thu      Fri,     Saturday  Sun                 1  21:11    
        Jul 10  01:17     Jul 17  10:11     Jul 24  02:37    Saturday Sun,     Mon,      Tus                 31  13:16    
        Aug  8  13:50     Aug 15  15:20     Aug 22  12:02    Sun      Saturday Mon,      Tus                 30  07:13    
        Sep  7  00:52     Sep 13  20:39     Sep 20  23:55    Mon      Saturday Sun,      Tus                 29  01:57    
        Oct  6  11:05     Oct 13  03:25     Oct 20  14:57    Wed      Thu,     Fri       Saturday            28  20:05    
        Nov  4  21:15     Nov 11  12:46     Nov 19  08:58 p  Fri      Saterday Sun,      Mon                 27  12:28    
        Dec  4  07:43 T   Dec 11  01:36     Dec 19  04:36    Sun      Saterday Mon,      Tus                 27  02:24  
Technically, the point at which the Moon is “full” lasts only an instant.  To the naked eye, though, the Moon can appear to be full for upwards of three days.  Also, the exact time of full moon can occur at any time of the day, even during the middle of the day,
The Moon, of course, orbits the Earth, which in turn orbits the Sun. The peak of the Full Moon is when the Moon is opposite the Sun – 180 degrees away. Therefore the Full Moon (and the other moon phases) occur at the same time, regardless of where you are located on Earth.

Many people think these are some of the Benefits of Full Moon Celebration to Harness Full Moons Energy
Full Moon helps to look up to the sky to stars to galaxies and to the universe, To look up higher and higher, Gives or Amplify Uplifting Energy, Opens also activates Higher Conscious, Full Moon brings good luck, Best Chances, Opportunities, Bigger Vision, Creativity, Artistic Inspiration, Great Motivation, Positive Thoughts, Open-Mindedness, Release Forgiveness, Cleansing, Relaxation, Calmness, Higher Health, Wellness, Love, Beauty, Truthfulness, Wholeness, Abundance, Joy, Happiness, Inner Satisfaction, To Live and be in the Moment of Silent Peace, Better Meditation and Answers to the Pays, A Higher Connection to the Universe Within, plus much more
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Nine photos of the moon going through its different phases.

Phases of the moon, posted to EarthSky Facebook by our friend Jacob Baker.

What is a lunar month? A lunar month is the amount of time it takes for the Moon to pass through each of its phases (new moon, half, full moon), and then return back to its original position. It takes 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds for the Moon to complete one lunar month. by https://www.universetoday.com/
The adjective lunar is used to describe something that is related to the moon. … Lunar comes from the Latin word luna, meaning moon. The Roman goddess of the moon is called Luna (Selene in Greek mythology). There are lunar eclipses, a lunar calendar, lunar tides, and lunar orbits.

Most of the 205 known natural satellites of the planets are irregular moons. Ganymede, followed by Titan, Callisto, Io and Earth's Moon are the largest natural satellites in the Solar System (see List of natural satellites § List). Venus has no moons, while Neptune has 14.
Most of the 205 known natural satellites of the planets are irregular moonsGanymede, followed by TitanCallistoIo and Earth’s Moon are the largest natural satellites in the Solar System (see List of natural satellites § List). Venus has no moons, while Neptune has 14.

The Moon (From Wikipedia) is a rounded astronomical body that orbits the Earth as its only natural satellite. It has a rocky silicate composition and is of planetary mass but has no significant atmospherehydrosphere or magnetic field. Its surface gravity is 0.1654 g, about one-sixth of Earth’s. The Moon’s average orbital distance from Earth is 384,402 km (238,856 mi)mor 1.28 light-seconds. Its gravitational influence produces Earth’s tides and slightly lengthens Earth’s day.

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Keep reading to learn more about the lengths of lunar months in 2021.

Successive new moonsLength of lunar month
Dec 14, 2020, to Jan 13, 202129 days 12 hours 44 min
Jan 13 to Feb 1129 days 14 hours 06 min
Feb 11 to Mar 1329 days 15 hours 15 min
Mar 13 to Apr 1229 days 16 hours 10 min
Apr 12 to May 1129 days 16 hours 29 min
May 11 to Jun 1029 days 15 hours 53 min
Jun 10 to Jul 0929 days 14 hours 24 min
Jul 09 to Aug 0829 days 12 hours 34 min
Aug 08 to Sep 0629 days 11 hours 02 min
Sep 06 to Oct 0629 days 10 hours 14 min
Oct 06 to Nov 0429 days 10 hours 09 min
Nov 04 to Dec 0429 days 10 hours 28 min
Dec 04, 2021, to Jan 02, 202229 days 10 hours 50 min
Lengths of lunar months 2021 by EarthSky Updates on your cosmos and world
Posted by Bruce McClure in ASTRONOMY ESSENTIALS | December 28, 2020

Sources: Astropixels.com and TimeandDate.com

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The phases of the Moon as viewed looking southward from the Northern Hemisphere. Each phase would be rotated 180° if seen looking northward from the Southern Hemisphere. The upper part of the diagram is not to scale, as the Moon is much farther from Earth than shown here.

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The full Moon of 22 October 2010, as seen through a 235 mm (9.25 in) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This full Moon was near its northernmost ecliptic latitude (or northern lunistice), so the southern craters are especially prominent and cast shadows visible from Earth.

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Richest World Dreams The most 100 Impressive and Beautiful photos of the Moon (Super Moon 2016) The 50 SuperMoonFail worst images | https://youtu.be/Yddad4owWeo SuperMoon 2016 | The most spectacular supermoon since 1948 will light up the sky, appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual. The event on Monday November 14 – described as “undeniably beautiful” by American space agency Nasa – is the result of the moon coming closer to Earth than it has done for 69 years. Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25 2034.

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Moon In Depth by NASA https://moon.nasa.gov/

The regular daily and monthly rhythms of Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon, have guided timekeepers for thousands of years. Its influence on Earth’s cycles, notably tides, has been charted by many cultures in many ages. The Moon moderates Earth’s wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate over billions of years.

Earth’s moon compared to Earth

Quick Facts

Average Distance from Earth: 238,855 | 384,400 kilometers, Orbit and Rotation Period: 27.32 Earth Days

Equatorial Radius: 1,079.6 miles | 1.737.5 kilometers, Mass: 0.0123 of Earth’s (a bit more than 1 percent)

Gravity: 0.166 of Earth’s (If you weigh 100 pounds (45 kilograms) on Earth, you’d weight 16.6 pounds (7.5 kilograms) on the moon)

Temperature Range: -414 to 253 degrees Farenheit (-248 to 123 degrees Celsius)


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Full Moon Archives – The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0

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The Super Moon will be back, but with something special: it will be the largest full Moon of 2020. At Virtual Telescope we will show it live, online, …


Supermoon, Blood Moon, Blue Moon and Harvest Moon

full moon occurs when the side of the Moon facing Earth is fully lit up by the Sun. There are a few different types of unusual full moon types, which include blood moons, supermoons, blue moons, and harvest moons, and others


What is the harvest moon? BBC

The harvest moon is the name given to the full Moon that takes place closest to the autumn equinox.

This is why the harvest moon can fall any time between September and October.


When Is the Next Full Moon? | 2020 Full Moon Dates and …

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Your full Moon resource! Be sure to check our Full Moon Calendar each month for all the full Moon dates, names, and times for the year.


Full Moon Ritual at Google

Full Flower Moon Meditation | Relaxing Healing Soothing Peaceful Flute Music for Meditation Sherry Finzer
Enjoy this 28-minute relaxing and peaceful instrumental meditation track created for the 2020 Full Flower Moon. The full moon is said to heighten the activity of the mind, amplifying conscious thoughts as well as pulling sub-conscious ones to the surface/conscious mind. This can awaken one’s spirituality, making it particularly beneficial to participate in a full moon meditation, with comfort, peace, healing and wisdom.
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Full moon calendar 1900-2050

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Date and time (GMT) Julian Day 1920 Jan 5 21:04 Mon
Full Moon Dates Between (1900 – 2100)

Search for every full moon between 1900 and 2100.
Included are month, day of month and day of week
Time is given in GMT along with the Julian date.
From 2020 to 2030 Full Moon Days and Nights

2021 Jan 28 19:17  Thu    2459243.303
2021 Feb 27 08:19  Sat    2459272.847
2021 Mar 28 18:50  Sun    2459302.285
2021 Apr 27 03:34  Tue    2459331.649
2021 May 26 11:16  Wed    2459360.969
2021 Jun 24 18:42  Thu    2459390.279
2021 Jul 24 02:39  Sat    2459419.610
2021 Aug 22 12:03  Sun    2459449.002
2021 Sep 20 23:56  Mon    2459478.497
2021 Oct 20 14:58  Wed    2459508.124
2021 Nov 19 08:59  Fri    2459537.874
2021 Dec 19 04:37  Sun    2459567.692
2022 Jan 17 23:50  Mon    2459597.493
2022 Feb 16 16:58  Wed    2459627.207
2022 Mar 18 07:19  Fri    2459656.805
2022 Apr 16 18:57  Sat    2459686.290
2022 May 16 04:16  Mon    2459715.678
2022 Jun 14 11:53  Tue    2459744.995
2022 Jul 13 18:39  Wed    2459774.277
2022 Aug 12 01:36  Fri    2459803.567
2022 Sep 10 09:59  Sat    2459832.916
2022 Oct  9 20:56  Sun    2459862.372
2022 Nov  8 11:04  Tue    2459891.961
2022 Dec  8 04:10  Thu    2459921.674
2023 Jan  6 23:10  Fri    2459951.465
2023 Feb  5 18:30  Sun    2459981.271
2023 Mar  7 12:42  Tue    2460011.029
2023 Apr  6 04:36  Thu    2460040.692
2023 May  5 17:36  Fri    2460070.233
2023 Jun  4 03:43  Sun    2460099.655
2023 Jul  3 11:39  Mon    2460128.985
2023 Aug  1 18:32  Tue    2460158.272
2023 Aug 31 01:36  Thu    2460187.567
2023 Sep 29 09:58  Fri    2460216.915
2023 Oct 28 20:25  Sat    2460246.351
2023 Nov 27 09:18  Mon    2460275.888
2023 Dec 27 00:35  Wed    2460305.524
2024 Jan 25 17:56  Thu    2460335.247
2024 Feb 24 12:32  Sat    2460365.022
2024 Mar 25 07:02  Mon    2460394.793
2024 Apr 23 23:51  Tue    2460424.494
2024 May 23 13:55  Thu    2460454.080
2024 Jun 22 01:09  Sat    2460483.548
2024 Jul 21 10:18  Sun    2460512.929
2024 Aug 19 18:26  Mon    2460542.268
2024 Sep 18 02:35  Wed    2460571.608
2024 Oct 17 11:28  Thu    2460600.978
2024 Nov 15 21:30  Fri    2460630.396
2024 Dec 15 09:03  Sun    2460659.877
2025 Jan 13 22:29  Mon    2460689.437
2025 Feb 12 13:55  Wed    2460719.080
2025 Mar 14 06:56  Fri    2460748.789
2025 Apr 13 00:24  Sun    2460778.517
2025 May 12 16:58  Mon    2460808.207
2025 Jun 11 07:46  Wed    2460837.824
2025 Jul 10 20:38  Thu    2460867.360
2025 Aug  9 07:56  Sat    2460896.831
2025 Sep  7 18:09  Sun    2460926.256
2025 Oct  7 03:48  Tue    2460955.658
2025 Nov  5 13:21  Wed    2460985.056
2025 Dec  4 23:16  Thu    2461014.469
2026 Jan  3 10:04  Sat    2461043.919
2026 Feb  1 22:11  Sun    2461073.424
2026 Mar  3 11:40  Tue    2461102.986
2026 Apr  2 02:14  Thu    2461132.593
2026 May  1 17:25  Fri    2461162.226
2026 May 31 08:47  Sun    2461191.866
2026 Jun 29 23:58  Mon    2461221.499
2026 Jul 29 14:37  Wed    2461251.109
2026 Aug 28 04:20  Fri    2461280.681
2026 Sep 26 16:50  Sat    2461310.201
2026 Oct 26 04:13  Mon    2461339.676
2026 Nov 24 14:55  Tue    2461369.122
2026 Dec 24 01:30  Thu    2461398.562
2027 Jan 22 12:19  Fri    2461428.013
2027 Feb 20 23:26  Sat    2461457.476
2027 Mar 22 10:47  Mon    2461486.949
2027 Apr 20 22:30  Tue    2461516.438
2027 May 20 11:01  Thu    2461545.959
2027 Jun 19 00:46  Sat    2461575.532
2027 Jul 18 15:47  Sun    2461605.158
2027 Aug 17 07:31  Tue    2461634.813
2027 Sep 15 23:06  Wed    2461664.462
2027 Oct 15 13:49  Fri    2461694.076
2027 Nov 14 03:28  Sun    2461723.644
2027 Dec 13 16:11  Mon    2461753.174
2028 Jan 12 04:05  Wed    2461782.670
2028 Feb 10 15:06  Thu    2461812.129
2028 Mar 11 01:09  Sat    2461841.548
2028 Apr  9 10:30  Sun    2461870.938
2028 May  8 19:51  Mon    2461900.327
2028 Jun  7 06:11  Wed    2461929.758
2028 Jul  6 18:13  Thu    2461959.259
2028 Aug  5 08:12  Sat    2461988.842
2028 Sep  3 23:50  Sun    2462018.493
2028 Oct  3 16:27  Tue    2462048.185
2028 Nov  2 09:19  Thu    2462077.888
2028 Dec  2 01:42  Sat    2462107.571
2028 Dec 31 16:50  Sun    2462137.201
2029 Jan 30 06:05  Tue    2462166.753
2029 Feb 28 17:13  Wed    2462196.217
2029 Mar 30 02:29  Fri    2462225.603
2029 Apr 28 10:39  Sat    2462254.944
2029 May 27 18:40  Sun    2462284.278
2029 Jun 26 03:25  Tue    2462313.642
2029 Jul 25 13:38  Wed    2462343.068
2029 Aug 24 01:53  Fri    2462372.578
2029 Sep 22 16:31  Sat    2462402.188
2029 Oct 22 09:30  Mon    2462431.896
2029 Nov 21 04:04  Wed    2462461.669
2029 Dec 20 22:47  Thu    2462491.449
2030 Jan 19 15:55  Sat    2462521.163
2030 Feb 18 06:22  Mon    2462550.765
2030 Mar 19 17:59  Tue    2462580.249
2030 Apr 18 03:22  Thu    2462609.640
2030 May 17 11:21  Fri    2462638.973
2030 Jun 15 18:43  Sat    2462668.280
2030 Jul 15 02:14  Mon    2462697.593
2030 Aug 13 10:46  Tue    2462726.949
2030 Sep 11 21:20  Wed    2462756.389
2030 Oct 11 10:49  Fri    2462785.951
2030 Nov 10 03:33  Sun    2462815.648
2030 Dec  9 22:42  Mon    2462845.446
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The Full Moon By Vigdis Hocken

The Full Moon is the most spectacular Moon phase when the entire face of the Moon is lit up.
The Full Moon – Time and Datewww.timeanddate.com › astronomy › moon › full-moon

The Full Moon is the moment the entire face of the Moon is illuminated by the Sun’s rays. … 100% Illuminated … Most years have 12 Full Moons, 1 each month. … The symbol for Full Moon in modern calendars is a completely white circle.


Phases of the Moon: 2001 to 2100 Universal Time
Introduction Read and see all 100 year at: http://astropixels.com/ephemeris/phasescat/phases2001.html

The following table gives the date and time (Universal Time) of the Moon’s phases for 100 years. This data is of particular use to historical research projects.

The length of the mean synodic month (New Moon to New Moon) as calculated for the year 2000 is 29.530588 days (= 29d 12h 44m 03s). However, the length of any one synodic month can vary from 29.26 to 29.80 days due to perturbing effects of the Sun on the Moon’s eccentric orbit. For example, see Length of the Synodic Month: 2001 to 2100.

For conversion to time zones other than Universal Time, see Time Zones. If Daylight Saving Time is in effect, add one hour to the times listed.

Historians should note that the astronomical dating system used in these tables includes the year “0” while the traditional BCE – CE dating convention does not. Thus, the year “0” here corresponds to “1 BCE”, the year “-100” is “101 BCE”, and so on. The old style Julian calendar is used for dates prior to 1582 Oct 15, while the modern Gregorian calendar is used after that date. For more information, see calendar dates.

If an eclipse of the Sun or Moon takes place on a given date, it is indicated to the right of the date by a single character representing the type of eclipse. Abbreviations for the different types of eclipses appear below.

Phases of the Moon: 2021 to 2030
Universal Time (UT)

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2021 Jan 6 09:37 Jan 13 05:00 Jan 20 21:02 Jan 28 19:16 Feb 4 17:37 Feb 11 19:06 Feb 19 18:47 Feb 27 08:17 Mar 6 01:30 Mar 13 10:21 Mar 21 14:40 Mar 28 18:48 Apr 4 10:02 Apr 12 02:31 Apr 20 06:59 Apr 27 03:31 May 3 19:50 May 11 19:00 May 19 19:13 May 26 11:14 t Jun 2 07:24 Jun 10 10:53 A Jun 18 03:54 Jun 24 18:40 Jul 1 21:11 Jul 10 01:17 Jul 17 10:11 Jul 24 02:37 Jul 31 13:16 Aug 8 13:50 Aug 15 15:20 Aug 22 12:02 Aug 30 07:13 Sep 7 00:52 Sep 13 20:39 Sep 20 23:55 Sep 29 01:57 Oct 6 11:05 Oct 13 03:25 Oct 20 14:57 Oct 28 20:05 Nov 4 21:15 Nov 11 12:46 Nov 19 08:58 p Nov 27 12:28 Dec 4 07:43 T Dec 11 01:36 Dec 19 04:36 Dec 27 02:24

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2022 Jan 2 18:34 Jan 9 18:11 Jan 17 23:49 Jan 25 13:41 Feb 1 05:46 Feb 8 13:50 Feb 16 16:57 Feb 23 22:32 Mar 2 17:35 Mar 10 10:45 Mar 18 07:18 Mar 25 05:37 Apr 1 06:24 Apr 9 06:48 Apr 16 18:55 Apr 23 11:56 Apr 30 20:28 P May 9 00:21 May 16 04:14 t May 22 18:43 May 30 11:30 Jun 7 14:48 Jun 14 11:52 Jun 21 03:11 Jun 29 02:52 Jul 7 02:14 Jul 13 18:37 Jul 20 14:18 Jul 28 17:55 Aug 5 11:07 Aug 12 01:36 Aug 19 04:36 Aug 27 08:17 Sep 3 18:08 Sep 10 09:59 Sep 17 21:52 Sep 25 21:54 Oct 3 00:14 Oct 9 20:55 Oct 17 17:15 Oct 25 10:49 P Nov 1 06:37 Nov 8 11:02 t Nov 16 13:27 Nov 23 22:57 Nov 30 14:36 Dec 8 04:08 Dec 16 08:56 Dec 23 10:17 Dec 30 01:21

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2023 Jan 6 23:08 Jan 15 02:10 Jan 21 20:53 Jan 28 15:19 Feb 5 18:29 Feb 13 16:01 Feb 20 07:06 Feb 27 08:06 Mar 7 12:40 Mar 15 02:08 Mar 21 17:23 Mar 29 02:32 Apr 6 04:35 Apr 13 09:11 Apr 20 04:12 H Apr 27 21:20 May 5 17:34 n May 12 14:28 May 19 15:53 May 27 15:22 Jun 4 03:42 Jun 10 19:31 Jun 18 04:37 Jun 26 07:50 Jul 3 11:39 Jul 10 01:48 Jul 17 18:32 Jul 25 22:07 Aug 1 18:32 Aug 8 10:28 Aug 16 09:38 Aug 24 09:57 Aug 31 01:35 Sep 6 22:21 Sep 15 01:40 Sep 22 19:32 Sep 29 09:58 Oct 6 13:48 Oct 14 17:55 A Oct 22 03:29 Oct 28 20:24 p Nov 5 08:37 Nov 13 09:27 Nov 20 10:50 Nov 27 09:16 Dec 5 05:49 Dec 12 23:32 Dec 19 18:39 Dec 27 00:33

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2024 Jan 4 03:30 Jan 11 11:57 Jan 18 03:53 Jan 25 17:54 Feb 2 23:18 Feb 9 22:59 Feb 16 15:01 Feb 24 12:30 Mar 3 15:24 Mar 10 09:00 Mar 17 04:11 Mar 25 07:00 n Apr 2 03:15 Apr 8 18:21 T Apr 15 19:13 Apr 23 23:49 May 1 11:27 May 8 03:22 May 15 11:48 May 23 13:53 May 30 17:13 Jun 6 12:38 Jun 14 05:18 Jun 22 01:08 Jun 28 21:53 Jul 5 22:57 Jul 13 22:49 Jul 21 10:17 Jul 28 02:51 Aug 4 11:13 Aug 12 15:19 Aug 19 18:26 Aug 26 09:26 Sep 3 01:56 Sep 11 06:06 Sep 18 02:34 p Sep 24 18:50 Oct 2 18:49 A Oct 10 18:55 Oct 17 11:26 Oct 24 08:03 Nov 1 12:47 Nov 9 05:56 Nov 15 21:29 Nov 23 01:28 Dec 1 06:22 Dec 8 15:27 Dec 15 09:02 Dec 22 22:18 Dec 30 22:27

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2025 Jan 6 23:56 Jan 13 22:27 Jan 21 20:31 Jan 29 12:36 Feb 5 08:02 Feb 12 13:53 Feb 20 17:33 Feb 28 00:45 Mar 6 16:32 Mar 14 06:55 t Mar 22 11:30 Mar 29 10:58 P Apr 5 02:15 Apr 13 00:22 Apr 21 01:36 Apr 27 19:31 May 4 13:52 May 12 16:56 May 20 11:59 May 27 03:02 Jun 3 03:41 Jun 11 07:44 Jun 18 19:19 Jun 25 10:31 Jul 2 19:30 Jul 10 20:37 Jul 18 00:38 Jul 24 19:11 Aug 1 12:41 Aug 9 07:55 Aug 16 05:12 Aug 23 06:06 Aug 31 06:25 Sep 7 18:09 t Sep 14 10:33 Sep 21 19:54 P Sep 29 23:54 Oct 7 03:48 Oct 13 18:13 Oct 21 12:25 Oct 29 16:21 Nov 5 13:19 Nov 12 05:28 Nov 20 06:47 Nov 28 06:59 Dec 4 23:14 Dec 11 20:52 Dec 20 01:43 Dec 27 19:10

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2026 Jan 3 10:03 Jan 10 15:48 Jan 18 19:52 Jan 26 04:48 Feb 1 22:09 Feb 9 12:43 Feb 17 12:01 A Feb 24 12:28 Mar 3 11:38 t Mar 11 09:39 Mar 19 01:23 Mar 25 19:18 Apr 2 02:12 Apr 10 04:52 Apr 17 11:52 Apr 24 02:32 May 1 17:23 May 9 21:11 May 16 20:01 May 23 11:11 May 31 08:45 Jun 8 10:01 Jun 15 02:54 Jun 21 21:55 Jun 29 23:57 Jul 7 19:29 Jul 14 09:44 Jul 21 11:06 Jul 29 14:36 Aug 6 02:22 Aug 12 17:37 T Aug 20 02:46 Aug 28 04:18 p Sep 4 07:51 Sep 11 03:27 Sep 18 20:44 Sep 26 16:49 Oct 3 13:25 Oct 10 15:50 Oct 18 16:13 Oct 26 04:12 Nov 1 20:28 Nov 9 07:02 Nov 17 11:48 Nov 24 14:53 Dec 1 06:09 Dec 9 00:52 Dec 17 05:43 Dec 24 01:28 Dec 30 19:00

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2027 Jan 7 20:24 Jan 15 20:34 Jan 22 12:17 Jan 29 10:56 Feb 6 15:56 A Feb 14 07:58 Feb 20 23:24 n Feb 28 05:16 Mar 8 09:29 Mar 15 16:25 Mar 22 10:44 Mar 30 00:54 Apr 6 23:51 Apr 13 22:57 Apr 20 22:27 Apr 28 20:18 May 6 10:59 May 13 04:44 May 20 10:59 May 28 13:58 Jun 4 19:40 Jun 11 10:56 Jun 19 00:44 Jun 27 04:54 Jul 4 03:02 Jul 10 18:39 Jul 18 15:45 Jul 26 16:55 Aug 2 10:05 T Aug 9 04:54 Aug 17 07:29 n Aug 25 02:27 Aug 31 17:41 Sep 7 18:31 Sep 15 23:04 Sep 23 10:20 Sep 30 02:36 Oct 7 11:47 Oct 15 13:47 Oct 22 17:29 Oct 29 13:36 Nov 6 08:00 Nov 14 03:26 Nov 21 00:48 Nov 28 03:24 Dec 6 05:22 Dec 13 16:09 Dec 20 09:11 Dec 27 20:12

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2028 Jan 5 01:40 Jan 12 04:03 p Jan 18 19:26 Jan 26 15:13 A Feb 3 19:11 Feb 10 15:04 Feb 17 08:08 Feb 25 10:37 Mar 4 09:02 Mar 11 01:06 Mar 17 23:23 Mar 26 04:31 Apr 2 19:15 Apr 9 10:27 Apr 16 16:37 Apr 24 19:47 May 2 02:26 May 8 19:49 May 16 10:43 May 24 08:16 May 31 07:37 Jun 7 06:09 Jun 15 04:27 Jun 22 18:28 Jun 29 12:11 Jul 6 18:11 p Jul 14 20:57 Jul 22 03:02 T Jul 28 17:40 Aug 5 08:10 Aug 13 11:45 Aug 20 10:44 Aug 27 01:36 Sep 3 23:48 Sep 12 00:46 Sep 18 18:24 Sep 25 13:10 Oct 3 16:25 Oct 11 11:57 Oct 18 02:57 Oct 25 04:53 Nov 2 09:17 Nov 9 21:26 Nov 16 13:18 Nov 24 00:15 Dec 2 01:40 Dec 9 05:39 Dec 16 02:06 Dec 23 21:45 Dec 31 16:48 t

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2029 Jan 7 13:26 Jan 14 17:24 P Jan 22 19:23 Jan 30 06:04 Feb 5 21:52 Feb 13 10:31 Feb 21 15:10 Feb 28 17:10 Mar 7 07:52 Mar 15 04:19 Mar 23 07:33 Mar 30 02:26 Apr 5 19:52 Apr 13 21:40 Apr 21 19:50 Apr 28 10:37 May 5 09:48 May 13 13:42 May 21 04:16 May 27 18:37 Jun 4 01:19 Jun 12 03:51 P Jun 19 09:54 Jun 26 03:22 t Jul 3 17:58 Jul 11 15:51 P Jul 18 14:14 Jul 25 13:36 Aug 2 11:16 Aug 10 01:56 Aug 16 18:55 Aug 24 01:51 Sep 1 04:33 Sep 8 10:44 Sep 15 01:29 Sep 22 16:29 Sep 30 20:57 Oct 7 19:14 Oct 14 11:09 Oct 22 09:28 Oct 30 11:32 Nov 6 04:24 Nov 13 00:35 Nov 21 04:03 Nov 28 23:48 Dec 5 14:52 P Dec 12 17:49 Dec 20 22:46 t Dec 28 09:49

Year New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
2030 Jan 4 02:49 Jan 11 14:06 Jan 19 15:54 Jan 26 18:15 Feb 2 16:08 Feb 10 11:49 Feb 18 06:20 Feb 25 01:58 Mar 4 06:35 Mar 12 08:48 Mar 19 17:56 Mar 26 09:51 Apr 2 22:02 Apr 11 02:57 Apr 18 03:20 Apr 24 18:39 May 2 14:12 May 10 17:12 May 17 11:19 May 24 04:57 Jun 1 06:21 A Jun 9 03:36 Jun 15 18:41 p Jun 22 17:20 Jun 30 21:34 Jul 8 11:02 Jul 15 02:12 Jul 22 08:08 Jul 30 11:11 Aug 6 16:43 Aug 13 10:44 Aug 21 01:15 Aug 28 23:07 Sep 4 21:56 Sep 11 21:18 Sep 19 19:57 Sep 27 09:55 Oct 4 03:56 Oct 11 10:47 Oct 19 14:50 Oct 26 20:17 Nov 2 11:56 Nov 10 03:30 Nov 18 08:32 Nov 25 06:46 T Dec 1 22:57 Dec 9 22:40 n Dec 18 00:01 Dec 24 17:32 Dec 31 13:36


Full moon
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Read more: https://wiki2.org/en/Full_moon

For other uses, see Full moon (disambiguation)Harvest moon (disambiguation), and Hunter’s moon (disambiguation).”Strawberry Moon” redirects here. For the jazz album by Grover Washington Jr., see Strawberry Moon (album).

The supermoon of 14 November 2016 was 356,511 km (221,526 mi) away[1] from the center of Earth. This occurrence happens yearly with the next one in 2020, the previous being in 2018.[2]

The supermoon of 14 November 2016 was 356,511 km (221,526 mi) away from the center of Earth. This occurrence happens yearly with the next one in 2020, the previous being in 2018.

The full Moon of 22 October 2010, as seen through a 235 mm (9.25 in) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This full Moon was near its northernmost ecliptic latitude (or northern lunistice), so the southern craters are especially prominent and cast shadows visible from Earth.

The full Moon of 22 October 2010, as seen through a 235 mm (9.25 in) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This full Moon was near its northernmost ecliptic latitude (or northern lunistice), so the southern craters are especially prominent and cast shadows visible from Earth.

The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon ap­pears fully il­lu­mi­nated from Earth‘s per­spec­tive. This oc­curs when Earth is lo­cated be­tween the Sun and the Moon (more ex­actly, when the eclip­tic lon­gi­tudes of the Sun and Moon dif­fer by 180°). This means that the lunar hemi­sphere fac­ing Earth – the near side – is com­pletely sun­lit and ap­pears as a cir­cu­lar disk. The full moon oc­curs roughly once a month.

The time in­ter­val be­tween a full (or new) moon and the next rep­e­ti­tion of the same phase, a syn­odic month, av­er­ages about 29.53 days. There­fore, in those lunar cal­en­dars in which each month be­gins on the day of the new moon, the full moon falls on ei­ther the 14th or 15th day of the lunar month. Be­cause a cal­en­dar month con­sists of a whole num­ber of days, a month in a lunar cal­en­dar may be ei­ther 29 or 30 days long.


A full moon is often thought of as an event of a full night’s du­ra­tion. This is some­what mis­lead­ing be­cause its phase seen from Earth con­tin­u­ously waxes or wanes (though much too slowly to no­tice in real time with the naked eye). By de­f­i­n­i­tion, its max­i­mum il­lu­mi­na­tion oc­curs at the mo­ment wax­ing stops. For any given lo­ca­tion, about half of these max­i­mum full moons may be vis­i­ble, while the other half oc­curs dur­ing the day, when the full moon is below the hori­zon.

Many al­manacs list full moons not only by date, but also by their exact time, usu­ally in Co­or­di­nated Uni­ver­sal Time (UTC). Typ­i­cal monthly cal­en­dars that in­clude lunar phases may be off­set by one day when pre­pared for a dif­fer­ent time zone.

The full moon is gen­er­ally a sub­op­ti­mal time for as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tion of the Moon be­cause shad­ows van­ish. It is a poor time for other ob­ser­va­tions be­cause the bright sun­light re­flected by the Moon, am­pli­fied by the op­po­si­tion surge, then out­shines many stars.

On 12 De­cem­ber 2008, the full moon was closer to the Earth than it had been at any time in the pre­vi­ous 15 years. This was re­ferred to in pop­u­lar media as a su­per­moon.

On 19 March 2011, there was an­other full “su­per­moon”, closer to the Earth than at any time in the pre­vi­ous 18 years.

On 14 No­vem­ber 2016, there was an­other full “su­per­moon”; this time it was closer to the Earth than at any time in the pre­vi­ous 68 years.


The date and ap­prox­i­mate time of a spe­cific full moon (as­sum­ing a cir­cu­lar orbit) can be cal­cu­lated from the fol­low­ing equation:{\displaystyle d=20.362000+29.530588861\times N+102.026\times 10^{-12}\times N^{2}}

where d is the num­ber of days since 1 Jan­u­ary 2000 00:00:00 in the Ter­res­trial Time scale used in as­tro­nom­i­cal ephemerides; for Uni­ver­sal Time (UT) add the fol­low­ing ap­prox­i­mate cor­rec­tion to d:-0.000739-(235\times 10^{-12})\times N^{2} days

where N is the num­ber of full moons since the first full moon of 2000. The true time of a full moon may dif­fer from this ap­prox­i­ma­tion by up to about 14.5 hours as a re­sult of the non-cir­cu­lar­ity of the Moon’s orbit. See New moon for an ex­pla­na­tion of the for­mula and its pa­ra­me­ters.

The age and ap­par­ent size of the full moon vary in a cycle of just under 14 syn­odic months, which has been re­ferred to as a full moon cycle.

Lunar eclipses
A full moon appears as a half moon during an eclipse moonset over the High Desert in California, on the morning of the Trifecta: Full moon, Supermoon, Lunar eclipse, January 2018 lunar eclipse

A full moon appears as a half moon during an eclipse moonset over the High Desert in California, on the morning of the Trifecta: Full moonSupermoonLunar eclipseJanuary 2018 lunar eclipse

When the Moon moves into Earth’s shadow, a lunar eclipse oc­curs, dur­ing which all or part of the Moon’s face may ap­pear red­dish due to the Rayleigh scat­ter­ing of blue wave­lengths and the re­frac­tion of sun­light through Earth’s at­mos­phere. Lunar eclipses hap­pen only dur­ing a full moon and around points on its orbit where the satel­lite may pass through the planet’s shadow. A lunar eclipse does not occur every month be­cause the Moon’s orbit is in­clined 5.14° with re­spect to the eclip­tic plane of Earth; thus, the Moon usu­ally passes north or south of Earth’s shadow, which is mostly re­stricted to this plane of ref­er­ence. Lunar eclipses hap­pen only when the full moon oc­curs around ei­ther node of its orbit (as­cend­ing or de­scend­ing). There­fore, a lunar eclipse oc­curs about every six months, and often two weeks be­fore or after a solar eclipse, which oc­curs dur­ing a new moon around the op­po­site node.

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In folklore and tradition
A full moon rising, seen through the Belt of Venus

A full moon rising, seen through the Belt of Venus

Full moons are tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with in­som­nia (in­abil­ity to sleep), in­san­ity (hence the terms lu­nacy and lu­natic) and var­i­ous “mag­i­cal phe­nom­ena” such as ly­can­thropy. Psy­chol­o­gists, how­ever, have found that there is no strong ev­i­dence for ef­fects on human be­hav­ior around the time of a full moon. They find that stud­ies are gen­er­ally not con­sis­tent, with some show­ing a pos­i­tive ef­fect and oth­ers show­ing a neg­a­tive ef­fect. In one in­stance, the 23 De­cem­ber 2000 issue of the British Med­ical Jour­nal pub­lished two stud­ies on dog bite ad­mis­sion to hos­pi­tals in Eng­land and Aus­tralia. The study of the Brad­ford Royal In­fir­mary found that dog bites were twice as com­mon dur­ing a full moon, whereas the study con­ducted by the pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Aus­tralia found that they were less likely.

Full moon names

His­tor­i­cally, month names are names of moons (lu­na­tions, not nec­es­sar­ily full moons) in lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the solar Ju­lian cal­en­dar in the Roman Em­pire, and later the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar world­wide, peo­ple no longer per­ceive month names as “moon” names. The tra­di­tional Old Eng­lish month names were equated with the names of the Ju­lian cal­en­dar from an early time (soon after Chris­tian­iza­tion, ac­cord­ing to the tes­ti­mony of Bede around AD 700).

Some full moons have de­vel­oped new names in mod­ern times, such as “blue moon“, as well as “har­vest moon” and “hunter’s moon” for the full moons of au­tumn.

Lunar eclipses occur only at a full moon and often cause a red­dish hue on the near side of the Moon. This full moon has been called a blood moon in pop­u­lar culture.

Harvest and hunter’s moons

“Harvest moon” and “Hunter’s moon” redirect here. For other uses, see Harvest moon (disambiguation) and Hunter’s moon (disambiguation).

A harvest moon. Its orange color is due to greater Rayleigh scattering as the moon appears close above the horizon, rather than being unique to harvest moons.[14]

A harvest moon. Its orange color is due to greater Rayleigh scattering as the moon appears close above the horizon, rather than being unique to harvest moons.

The “har­vest moon” and the “hunter’s moon” are tra­di­tional names for the full moons in late sum­mer and in the au­tumn in the North­ern Hemi­sphere, usu­ally in Sep­tem­ber and Oc­to­ber, re­spec­tively.

The “har­vest moon” is the full moon near­est to the au­tum­nal equinox (22 or 23 Sep­tem­ber), oc­cur­ring any­time within two weeks be­fore or after that date. The “hunter’s moon” is the full moon fol­low­ing it. The names are recorded from the early 18th century. The Ox­ford Eng­lish Dic­tio­nary entry for “har­vest moon” cites a 1706 ref­er­ence, and for “hunter’s moon” a 1710 edi­tion of The British Apollo, where the term is at­trib­uted to “the coun­try peo­ple” (“The Coun­try Peo­ple call this the Hunters-Moon.”) The names be­came tra­di­tional in Amer­i­can folk­lore, where they are now often pop­u­larly at­trib­uted to Na­tive Amer­i­cans. The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a yearly fes­ti­val in West Lafayette, In­di­ana, held in late Sep­tem­ber or early Oc­to­ber each year since 1968. In 2010, the har­vest moon oc­curred on the night of the equinox it­self (some 512 hours after the mo­ment of equinox) for the first time since 1991.

All full moons rise around the time of sun­set. Since the Moon moves east­ward among the stars faster than the Sun, lunar cul­mi­na­tion is de­layed by about 50.47 minutes (on av­er­age) each day, thus caus­ing moon­rise to occur later each day.

Due to the high lunar stand­still, the har­vest and hunter’s moons of 2007 were spe­cial be­cause the time dif­fer­ence be­tween moon­rises on suc­ces­sive evenings was much shorter than av­er­age. The Moon rose about 30 min­utes later from one night to the next, as seen from about 40° N or S lat­i­tude (be­cause the full moon of Sep­tem­ber 2007 rose in the north­east rather than in the east). Hence, no long pe­riod of dark­ness oc­curred be­tween sun­set and moon­rise for sev­eral days after the full moon, thus length­en­ing the time in the evening when there is enough twi­light and moon­light to work to get the har­vest in.

Farmers’ Almanacs

The Maine Farm­ers’ Al­manac from around the 1930s began to pub­lish Na­tive Amer­i­can “In­dian” full moon names. The Farm­ers’ Al­manac (since 1955 pub­lished in Maine, but not the same pub­li­ca­tion as the Maine Farm­ers’ Almanac) con­tin­ues to do so.

An early list of “In­dian month names” was pub­lished in 1918 by Daniel Carter Beard in his The Amer­i­can Boy’s Book of Signs, Sig­nals and Symbols for use by the boy scouts. Beard’s “In­dian” month names were:

  • January: Difficulty, Black Smoke
  • February: Raccoon, Bare Spots on the Ground
  • March: Wind, Little Grass, Sore-Eye
  • April: Ducks, Goose-Eggs
  • May: Green Grass, Root-Food
  • June: Corn-Planting, Strawberry
  • July: Buffalo (Bull), Hot Sun
  • August: Harvest, Cow Buffalo
  • September: Wild Rice, Red Plum
  • October: Leaf-Falling, Nuts
  • November: Deer-Mating, Fur-Pelts
  • December: Wolves, Big Moon

Such names have gained cur­rency in Amer­i­can folk­lore. They ap­pear in print more widely out­side of the al­manac tra­di­tion from the 1990s in pop­u­lar pub­li­ca­tions about the Moon. Mys­ter­ies of the Moon by Pa­tri­cia Had­dock (“Great Mys­ter­ies Se­ries”, Green­haven Press, 1992) gave an ex­ten­sive list of such names along with the in­di­vid­ual tribal groups they were sup­pos­edly as­so­ci­ated with. Had­dock sup­poses that cer­tain “Colo­nial Amer­i­can” moon names were adopted from Al­go­nquian lan­guages (which were for­merly spo­ken in the ter­ri­tory of New Eng­land), while oth­ers are based in Eu­ro­pean tra­di­tion (e.g. the Colo­nial Amer­i­can names for the May moon, “Milk Moon”, “Mother’s Moon”, “Hare Moon” have no par­al­lels in the sup­posed na­tive names, while the name of No­vem­ber, “Beaver Moon” is sup­pos­edly based in an Al­go­nquian lan­guage).

The in­di­vid­ual names (some in­con­sis­tent) given in Farm­ers’ Al­manac, which is not au­thor­i­ta­tive, in­clude the following:

  • January: “Wolf Moon” (for December in Beard 1918), “Old Moon”, “Moon After Yule”, “Winter Moon”
  • February: “Snow Moon”, “Hunger Moon”, “Storm Moon”
  • March: “Worm Moon”, “Crow Moon”, “Sap Moon”, “Crust Moon”, “Lenten Moon”, “Wind Moon”
  • April: “Seed Moon”, “Pink Moon”, “Sprouting Grass Moon”, “Pascal Moon”, “Egg Moon” (c.f. “Goose-Egg” in Beard 1918), “Fish Moon”, “Frog Moon”, “Spring Moon”, “Awakening Moon”, “Sap Moon”
  • May: “Milk Moon”, “Flower Moon”, “Corn Planting Moon”, “Grass Moon”, “Mother’s Moon”
  • June: “Mead Moon”, “Strawberry Moon” (c.f. Beard 1918), “Rose Moon”, “Hot Moon”, “Thunder Moon”
  • July: “Hay Moon”, “Buck Moon”, “Elk Moon”, “Summer Moon”, “Thunder Moon”
  • August: “Corn Moon”, “Sturgeon Moon”, “Red Moon”, “Barley Moon”, “Green Corn Moon”, “Grain Moon”, “Herb Moon”, “Wyrt Moon”, “Dog Moon”
  • September: “Harvest Moon”, “Corn Moon”, “Fruit Moon”, “Barley Moon”
  • October: “Hunter’s Moon”, “Blood Moon”, “Autumn Moon”, “Fall Moon”, “Sanguine Moon”, “Pumpkin Moon”, “Dying Moon”
  • November: “Beaver Moon”, “Turkey Moon”, “Frosty Moon”, “Dark Moon”
  • December: “Oak Moon”, “Cold Moon”, “Long Night’s Moon”

The Long Night’s Moon is the last full moon of the year and the one near­est the win­ter sol­stice.

“Ice Moon” is also used to refer to the first full moon of Jan­u­ary or February.

Hindu full moon festivals

In Hin­duism, most fes­ti­vals are cel­e­brated on aus­pi­cious days. Many of the Hindu fes­ti­vals are cel­e­brated on days with a full moon at night. Dif­fer­ent parts of India cel­e­brate the same day with dif­fer­ent names, as listed below:

  1. Chaitra Purnima – Gudi Padua, Yugadi, Ugadi, Hanuman Jayanti (April 15, 2014)
  2. Vaishakh Purnima – Narasimh Jayanti, Buddha Jayanthi (Buddha’s_Birthday) (May 14, 2014)
  3. Jyeshtha Purnima – Vat Savitri Vrat Vat Purnima (June 8, 2014)
  4. Ashadh Purnima – Guru Purnima, Vyas Purnima (important day for starting education and honoring teachers)
  5. Shravan Purnima – Good day for starting Upanayana day, Avani Avittam, Raksha Bandhan. Conceptually Onam also comes on this day.
  6. Bhadrapad Purnima – Start of Pitru PakshaMadhu Purnima
  7. Ashvin Purnima – Sharad Purnima
  8. Kartik Poornima – Karthikai Deepam festival, Thrukkarthika (in Kerala)
  9. Margasirsha Purnima – Thiruvathira, Dathatreya Jayanthi
  10. Pushya Purnima – Thaipusam, Shakambharee Purnima
  11. Magha Purnima
  12. Phalguna Purnima – Holi
Lunar and lunisolar calendars
The December 2015 full moon coincided with Christmas day.[32] This last occurred in 1977, with a Christmas Eve full moon between in 1996 and a full moon the day after Christmas in 2004 and before Christmas Eve in 2007 (both not shown here). A small horizontal libration is visible comparing their appearances. By the 19-year metonic cycle the full moon will repeat on Christmas day in 2034, 2053, 2072, and 2091.[33]

The December 2015 full moon coincided with Christmas day. This last occurred in 1977, with a Christmas Eve full moon between in 1996 and a full moon the day after Christmas in 2004 and before Christmas Eve in 2007 (both not shown here). A small horizontal libration is visible comparing their appearances. By the 19-year metonic cycle the full moon will repeat on Christmas day in 2034, 2053, 2072, and 2091.Main article: Lunar calendar

Most pre-mod­ern cal­en­dars the world over were lu­niso­lar, com­bin­ing the solar year with the lu­na­tion by means of in­ter­calary months. The Ju­lian cal­en­dar aban­doned this method in favour of a purely solar reck­on­ing while con­versely the 7th-cen­tury Is­lamic cal­en­dar opted for a purely lunar one.

A con­tin­u­ing lu­niso­lar cal­en­dar is the He­brew cal­en­dar. Ev­i­dence of this is noted in the dates of Passover and Easter in Ju­daism and Chris­tian­ity, re­spec­tively. Passover falls on the full moon on 15 Nisan of the He­brew cal­en­dar. The date of the Jew­ish Rosh Hashana and Sukkot fes­ti­vals along with all other Jew­ish hol­i­days are de­pen­dent on the dates of the new moons.

Intercalary months

Main article: Intercalary month

In lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars, an in­ter­calary month oc­curs seven times in the 19 years of the Metonic cycle, or on av­er­age every 2.7 years (19/7). In the He­brew Cal­en­dar this is noted with a pe­ri­odic extra month of Adar in the early spring.

Blue moon

Further information: Blue moon

In the mod­ern sys­tem of “tra­di­tional” Amer­i­can full moon names tied to the sol­stice and equinox points, a su­per­nu­mer­ary full moon in such a pe­riod is called a blue moon. The term “blue moon” used in this sense may date to as early as the 16th cen­tury, but it be­came well-known in the United States due to the Farm­ers’ Almanac (pub­lished since 1818).

Ac­cord­ing to the pat­tern of use in the Farm­ers’ Almanac, a “blue moon” is the third full moon in any pe­riod be­tween ei­ther a sol­stice and an equinox, or be­tween an equinox and a sol­stice, (cal­cu­lated using the mean trop­i­cal year), which con­tains four full moons. These sea­sons are equal in length, un­like the as­tro­nom­i­cal ones, which vary in length de­pend­ing on the Earth’s speed in its el­lip­ti­cal orbit round the Sun. To com­pare, in 1983 the equal length sea­sons began at 1:48 am on 23 March, 9:15 am on 22 June, 4:42 pm on 21 Sep­tem­ber and 12:10 am on 22 De­cem­ber, while the as­tro­nom­i­cal sea­sons began at 4:39 am on 21 March, 11:09 pm on 21 June, 2:42 pm on 23 Sep­tem­ber and 10:30 am on 22 De­cem­ber (all times GMT).

Due to analy­sis of an in­ad­e­quate num­ber of old is­sues of the Farmer’s Almanac the au­thor of an ar­ti­cle in the March 1946 issue of Sky & Tele­scope mag­a­zine falsely con­cluded that a “blue moon” had been used in the sense of “the sec­ond full moon in any month which con­tains two full moons”. This mis­taken rule has been ad­mit­ted to be “er­ro­neous” in a 1999 Sky & Telescope ar­ti­cle, which gave the cor­rected rule based on order in seasons. Ac­cord­ing to ei­ther de­f­i­n­i­tion, “blue moons” occur with the av­er­age fre­quency of in­ter­calary months, seven times in 19 years, the Farm­ers’ Almanac sys­tem of full moon names ef­fec­tively defin­ing a lu­niso­lar cal­en­dar.

See also


Lunar calendar
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A Spanish lunar calendar for  2017

A Spanish lunar calendar for 2017

lunar calendar is a cal­en­dar based on the monthly cy­cles of the Moon‘s phases (syn­odic months), in con­trast to solar cal­en­dars, whose an­nual cy­cles are based only di­rectly on the solar year. The most com­monly used cal­en­dar, the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar, is a solar cal­en­dar sys­tem that orig­i­nally evolved out of a lunar cal­en­dar sys­tem. A purely lunar cal­en­dar is also dis­tin­guished from a lu­niso­lar cal­en­dar, whose lunar months are brought into align­ment with the solar year through some process of in­ter­ca­la­tion. The de­tails of when months begin varies from cal­en­dar to cal­en­dar, with some using newfull, or cres­cent moons and oth­ers em­ploy­ing de­tailed cal­cu­la­tions.

Since each lu­na­tion is ap­prox­i­mately 29 12 days (29 days, 12 hours, 44 min­utes, 3 sec­onds, or 29.530588 days), it is com­mon for the months of a lunar cal­en­dar to al­ter­nate be­tween 29 and 30 days. Since the pe­riod of 12 such lu­na­tions, a lunar year, is only 354 days, 8 hours, 48 min­utes, 34 sec­onds (354.367056 days), purely lunar cal­en­dars lose around 11 days per year rel­a­tive to the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar. In purely lunar cal­en­dars, which do not make use of in­ter­ca­la­tion, like the Is­lamic cal­en­dar, the lunar months cycle through all the sea­sons of a solar year over the course of a 33 lu­nar-year cycle.

Al­though the Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar is in com­mon and legal use in most coun­tries, tra­di­tional lunar and lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars con­tinue to be used through­out the Old World to de­ter­mine re­li­gious fes­ti­vals and na­tional hol­i­days. Ex­am­ples of such hol­i­days in­clude Ra­madan (Is­lamic cal­en­dar); Easter; the Chi­neseJapan­eseKo­reanViet­namese, and Mon­go­lian New Year (Chi­neseJapan­eseKo­reanViet­namese, and Mon­go­lian cal­en­dars); the Nepali New Year (Nepali cal­en­dar); the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val and Chuseok (Chi­nese and Ko­rean cal­en­dars); Loi Krathong (Thai cal­en­dar); Sunuwar cal­en­dar; Vesak/Bud­dha’s Birth­day (Bud­dhist cal­en­dar); Di­wali (Hindu cal­en­dars); and Rosh Hashanah (He­brew cal­en­dar).



A lunar cal­en­dar was found at War­ren Field in Scot­land and has been dated to c. 8000 bc, dur­ing the Mesolithic pe­riod. Some schol­ars argue for lunar cal­en­dars still ear­lier—Rap­penglück in the marks on a c. 17,000 year-old cave paint­ing at Las­caux and Mar­shack in the marks on a c. 27,000 year-old bone baton—but their find­ings re­main controversial. Schol­ars have ar­gued that an­cient hunters con­ducted reg­u­lar as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ser­va­tions of the Moon back in the Upper Palae­olithic. Samuel L. Macey dates the ear­li­est uses of the Moon as a time-mea­sur­ing de­vice back to 28,000-30,000 years ago.

Lunisolar calendars

Main article: Lunisolar calendar

Most cal­en­dars re­ferred to as “lunar” cal­en­dars are in fact lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars. Their months are based on ob­ser­va­tions of the lunar cycle, with in­ter­ca­la­tion being used to bring them into gen­eral agree­ment with the solar year. The solar “civic cal­en­dar” that was used in an­cient Egypt showed traces of its ori­gin in the ear­lier lunar cal­en­dar, which con­tin­ued to be used along­side it for re­li­gious and agri­cul­tural pur­poses. Pre­sent-day lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars in­clude the Chi­neseViet­nameseHindu, and Thai cal­en­dars.

Syn­odic months are 29 or 30 days in length, mak­ing a lunar year of 12 months about 11 days shorter than a solar year. Some lunar cal­en­dars do not use in­ter­ca­la­tion, such as most Is­lamic cal­en­dars. For those that do, such as the He­brew cal­en­dar, and Bud­dhist Cal­en­dars in Myan­mar, the most com­mon form of in­ter­ca­la­tion is to add an ad­di­tional month every sec­ond or third year. Some lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars are also cal­i­brated by an­nual nat­ural events which are af­fected by lunar cy­cles as well as the solar cycle. An ex­am­ple of this is the lunar cal­en­dar of the Banks Is­lands, which in­cludes three months in which the ed­i­ble palolo worms mass on the beaches. These events occur at the last quar­ter of the lunar month, as the re­pro­duc­tive cycle of the palo­los is syn­chro­nized with the moon.

Start of the lunar month

Lunar and lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars dif­fer as to which day is the first day of the month. In some lu­niso­lar cal­en­dars, such as the Chi­nese cal­en­dar, the first day of a month is the day when an as­tro­nom­i­cal new moon oc­curs in a par­tic­u­lar time zone. In oth­ers, such as some Hindu cal­en­dars, each month be­gins on the day after the full moon or the new moon. Oth­ers were based in the past on the first sight­ing of a lunar cres­cent, such as the He­brew cal­en­dar and the Hijri cal­en­dar.

Length of the lunar month

The length of each lunar cycle varies slightly from the av­er­age value. In ad­di­tion, ob­ser­va­tions are sub­ject to un­cer­tainty and weather con­di­tions. Thus to avoid un­cer­tainty about the cal­en­dar, there have been at­tempts to cre­ate fixed arith­meti­cal rules to de­ter­mine the start of each cal­en­dar month.

The av­er­age length of the syn­odic month is 29.530587981 days. Thus it is con­ve­nient if months gen­er­ally al­ter­nate be­tween 29 and 30 days (some­times termed re­spec­tively “hol­low” and “full”). The dis­tri­b­u­tion of hol­low and full months can be de­ter­mined using con­tin­ued frac­tions, and ex­am­in­ing suc­ces­sive ap­prox­i­ma­tions for the length of the month in terms of frac­tions of a day. In the list below, after the num­ber of days listed in the nu­mer­a­tor of the frac­tion in the first columns, an in­te­ger num­ber of months as listed in the de­nom­i­na­tor have been com­pleted; the sec­ond col­umn records the de­vi­a­tion ac­cu­mu­lated with re­spect to the true syn­odic month du­ra­tion and the time needed to achieve that de­vi­a­tion:

FractionPeriod in years + daysDivision of monthsApproximate deviation
29/10 years, 29 days1 month of 29 daysAfter 2 months, calendar will be
about 1 day behind the moon phases
30/10 years, 30 days1 month of 30 daysAfter 2 months, calendar will be
about 1 day ahead of the moon phases
59/20 years, 59 days1 month of 30 days +
1 month of 29 days
After about 2.6 years, calendar will be
about 1 day behind the moon phases
443/151 non-leap year +
78 days
8 months of 30 days +
7 months of 29 days
After about 30 years, calendar will be
about 1 day ahead of the moon phases
502/171 non-leap year +
137 days
9 months of 30 days +
8 months of 29 days
After about 70 years, calendar will be
about 1 day behind the moon phases
945/322 non-leap years +
215 days
17 months of 30 days +
15 months of 29 days
After about 122 years, calendar will be
about 1 day ahead of the moon phases
1447/493 non-leap years +
352 days
26 months of 30 days +
23 months of 29 days
After about 3 millennia, calendar will be
about 1 day ahead of the moon phases
25101/85068 years incl. 17 leap years +
264 days
451 months of 30 days +
399 months of 29 days
Not accurate due to the multi-millennial
change of the synodic month length.

These frac­tions can be used to con­struct a lunar cal­en­dar, or in com­bi­na­tion with a solar cal­en­dar to pro­duce a lu­niso­lar cal­en­dar. A 49-month cycle was pro­posed as the basis of an al­ter­na­tive Easter com­pu­ta­tion by Isaac New­ton around 1700. The tab­u­lar Is­lamic cal­en­dar‘s 360-month cycle is equiv­a­lent to 24×15 months, minus a cor­rec­tion of one day.

In First Nations Culture
Turtle shell calendar

Turtle shell calendar

Na­tive amer­i­can tribes have used a tur­tle’s back pat­tern of scales to es­tab­lish the lunar cal­en­dar cycle. The pe­riph­eral scales sur­round­ing the edge add up to 28, the num­ber of days of a lunar cycle. The cen­ter of the shell com­prises thir­teen larger scales which rep­re­sent the 13 moons of a year.

In Popular Culture

Time travel in the Dark (TV se­ries) “oc­curs in in­cre­ments of 33 years be­cause the worm­hole is only ac­ti­vated when the sun and moon align.”

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Lunar phase
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Play mediaThe lunar phases and librations in 2020 as viewed from the Northern Hemisphere at hourly intervals, with titles and supplemental graphicsPlay mediaThe lunar phases and librations in 2020 as viewed from the Southern Hemisphere at hourly intervals, with titles and supplemental graphics

A full Moon sets behind San Gorgonio Mountain (in California) on a midsummer's morning.

full Moon sets behind San Gorgonio Mountain (in California) on a midsummer’s morning.

The lunar phase or Moon phase is the shape of the di­rectly sun­lit por­tion of the Moon as viewed from Earth. The lunar phases grad­u­ally change over the pe­riod of a syn­odic month (about 29.53 days), as the or­bital po­si­tions of the Moon around Earth and of Earth around the Sun shift.

The Moon’s ro­ta­tion is tidally locked by Earth’s grav­ity; there­fore, most of the same lunar side al­ways faces Earth. This near side is var­i­ously sun­lit, de­pend­ing on the po­si­tion of the Moon in its orbit. Thus, the sun­lit por­tion of this face can vary from 0% (at new moon) to 100% (at full moon). The lunar ter­mi­na­tor is the bound­ary be­tween the il­lu­mi­nated and dark­ened hemi­spheres.

Each of the four “in­ter­me­di­ate” lunar phases (see below) is around 7.4 days, but this varies slightly due to the el­lip­ti­cal shape of the Moon’s orbit. Aside from some craters near the lunar poles, such as Shoe­maker, all parts of the Moon see around 13.77 days of day­light, fol­lowed by 13.77 days of “night“. (The side of the Moon fac­ing away from Earth is some­times called the “dark side of the Moon”, al­though that is a mis­nomer).

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Be­sides the Sun, the Moon is the most obvious
ob­ject in the sky. Bright, sil­very, with tantalizing
fea­tures on its face, it’s been the
tar­get of imag­i­na­tion, po­etry, science,
and even the oc­ca­sional rocket.
If you pay even the most cur­sory attention
to it, you’ll see that it changes every
day; some­times it’s up in the day, sometimes
at night, and its shape is al­ways changing.
What causes this behavior?Con­tinue reading…

Phases of the Moon

“Waxing gibbous” redirects here. For the album, see Waxing Gibbous.

The phases of the Moon as viewed looking southward from the Northern Hemisphere. Each phase would be rotated 180° if seen looking northward from the Southern Hemisphere. The upper part of the diagram is not to scale, as the Moon is much farther from Earth than shown here.

The phases of the Moon as viewed looking southward from the Northern Hemisphere. Each phase would be rotated 180° if seen looking northward from the Southern Hemisphere. The upper part of the diagram is not to scale, as the Moon is much farther from Earth than shown here.

There are four prin­ci­pal lunar phases: new moon, first quar­ter, full moon, and last quar­ter (also known as third or final quar­ter), when the Moon’s eclip­tic lon­gi­tude is at an angle to the Sun (as viewed from Earth) of 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, respectively. Each of these phases ap­pear at slightly dif­fer­ent times at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on Earth. Dur­ing the in­ter­vals be­tween prin­ci­pal phases are in­ter­me­di­ate phases, dur­ing which the Moon’s ap­par­ent shape is ei­ther cres­cent or gib­bous. The in­ter­me­di­ate phases last one-quar­ter of a syn­odic month, or 7.38 days, on average. The de­scrip­tor wax­ing is used for an in­ter­me­di­ate phase when the Moon’s ap­par­ent shape is thick­en­ing, from new to full moon, and wan­ing when the shape is thin­ning. The longest du­ra­tion be­tween full moon to new moon (or new moon to full moon) lasts about 15 days and 14.5 hours, while the short­est du­ra­tion be­tween full moon to new moon (or new moon to full moon) lasts only about 13 days and 22.5 hours.

  • New Moon appears higher on summer solstice than on winter solstice.
  • First Quarter Moon appears higher on spring equinox than on autumnal (fall) equinox.
  • Full Moon appears higher on winter solstice than on summer solstice.
  • Last Quarter Moon appears higher on autumnal (fall) equinox than on spring equinox.
  • Waxing Crescent Moon appears higher on mid-spring (May 5 in the Northern Hemisphere or November 7 in the Southern Hemisphere) than on mid-autumn (November 7 in the Northern Hemisphere or May 5 in the Southern Hemisphere).
  • Waxing Gibbous Moon appears higher on mid-winter (February 4 in the Northern Hemisphere or August 7 in the Southern Hemisphere) than on mid-summer (August 7 in the Northern Hemisphere or February 4 in the Southern Hemisphere).
  • Waning Gibbous Moon appears higher on mid-autumn (November 7 in the Northern Hemisphere or May 5 in the Southern Hemisphere) than on mid-spring (May 5 in the Northern Hemisphere or November 7 in the Southern Hemisphere).
  • Waning Crescent Moon appears higher on mid-summer (August 7 in the Northern Hemisphere or February 4 in the Southern Hemisphere) than on mid-winter (February 4 in the Northern Hemisphere or August 7 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Moon PhaseNorthern HemisphereSouthern HemisphereVisibilityAverage
moonrise time
standard time
moonset time
Northern HemisphereSouthern HemispherePhotograph
(view from
Northern Hemisphere)
New MoonDisc completely in Sun’s shadow
(lit by earthshine only)
Invisible (too close to Sun)6 amNoon6 pmNot visible
Waxing crescentRight side, 0.1%–49.9% lit discLeft side, 0.1–49.9% lit discLate morning to post-dusk9 am3 pm9 pm
First QuarterRight side, 50% lit discLeft side, 50% lit discAfternoon and early eveningNoon6 pmMidnight
Waxing gibbousRight side, 50.1%–99.9% lit discLeft side, 50.1%–99.9% lit discLate afternoon and most of night3 pm9 pm3 am
Full Moon100% illuminated discSunset to sunrise (all night)6 pmMidnight6 am
Waning gibbousLeft side, 99.9%–50.1% lit discRight side, 99.9%–50.1% lit discMost of night and early morning9 pm3 am9 am
Last QuarterLeft side, 50% lit discRight side, 50% lit discLate night and morningMidnight6 amNoon
Waning crescentLeft side, 49.9%–0.1% lit discRight side, 49.9%–0.1% lit discPre-dawn to early afternoon3 am9 am3 pm

Play mediaThis video provides an illustration of how the Moon passes through its phases – a product of its orbit, which allows different parts of its surface to be illuminated by the Sun over the course of a month. The camera is locked to the Moon as Earth rapidly rotates in the foreground.

Non-West­ern cul­tures may use a dif­fer­ent num­ber of lunar phases; for ex­am­ple, tra­di­tional Hawai­ian cul­ture has a total of 30 phases (one per day).

Waxing and waning
Diagram of the Moon's phases: The Earth is at the center of the diagram and the Moon is shown orbiting.

Diagram of the Moon’s phases: The Earth is at the center of the diagram and the Moon is shown orbiting.

When the Sun and Moon are aligned on the same side of the Earth, the Moon is “new”, and the side of the Moon fac­ing Earth is not il­lu­mi­nated by the Sun. As the Moon waxes (the amount of il­lu­mi­nated sur­face as seen from Earth is in­creas­ing), the lunar phases progress through new moon, cres­cent moon, first-quar­ter moon, gib­bous moon, and full moon. The Moon is then said to wane as it passes through the gib­bous moon, third-quar­ter moon, cres­cent moon, and back to new moon. The terms old moon and new moon are not in­ter­change­able. The “old moon” is a wan­ing sliver (which even­tu­ally be­comes un­de­tectable to the naked eye) until the mo­ment it aligns with the Sun and be­gins to wax, at which point it be­comes new again. Half moon is often used to mean the first- and third-quar­ter moons, while the term quar­ter refers to the ex­tent of the Moon’s cycle around the Earth, not its shape.

When an il­lu­mi­nated hemi­sphere is viewed from a cer­tain angle, the por­tion of the il­lu­mi­nated area that is vis­i­ble will have a two-di­men­sional shape as de­fined by the in­ter­sec­tion of an el­lipse and cir­cle (in which the el­lipse’s major axis co­in­cides with the cir­cle’s di­am­e­ter). If the half-el­lipse is con­vex with re­spect to the half-cir­cle, then the shape will be gib­bous (bulging outwards), whereas if the half-el­lipse is con­cave with re­spect to the half-cir­cle, then the shape will be a cres­cent. When a cres­cent moon oc­curs, the phe­nom­e­non of earth­shine may be ap­par­ent, where the night side of the Moon dimly re­flects in­di­rect sun­light re­flected from Earth.

Orientation by latitude

In the North­ern Hemi­sphere, if the left (east) side of the Moon is dark, then the bright part is thick­en­ing, and the Moon is de­scribed as wax­ing (shift­ing to­ward full moon). If the right (west) side of the Moon is dark, then the bright part is thin­ning, and the Moon is de­scribed as wan­ing (past full and shift­ing to­ward new moon). As­sum­ing that the viewer is in the North­ern Hemi­sphere, the right side of the Moon is the part that is al­ways wax­ing. (That is, if the right side is dark, the Moon is be­com­ing darker; if the right side is lit, the Moon is get­ting brighter.)

In the South­ern Hemi­sphere, the Moon is ob­served from a per­spec­tive in­verted, or ro­tated 180°, to that of the North­ern and to all of the im­ages in this ar­ti­cle, so that the op­po­site sides ap­pear to wax or wane.

Closer to the Equa­tor, the lunar ter­mi­na­tor will ap­pear hor­i­zon­tal dur­ing the morn­ing and evening. Since the above de­scrip­tions of the lunar phases only apply at mid­dle or high lat­i­tudes, ob­servers mov­ing to­wards the trop­ics from north­ern or south­ern lat­i­tudes will see the Moon ro­tated anti-clock­wise or clock­wise with re­spect to the im­ages in this ar­ti­cle.

The lunar cres­cent can open up­ward or down­ward, with the “horns” of the cres­cent point­ing up or down, re­spec­tively. When the Sun ap­pears above the Moon in the sky, the cres­cent opens down­ward; when the Moon is above the Sun, the cres­cent opens up­ward. The cres­cent Moon is most clearly and brightly vis­i­ble when the Sun is below the hori­zon, which im­plies that the Moon must be above the Sun, and the cres­cent must open up­ward. This is there­fore the ori­en­ta­tion in which the cres­cent Moon is most often seen from the trop­ics. The wax­ing and wan­ing cres­cents look very sim­i­lar. The wax­ing cres­cent ap­pears in the west­ern sky in the evening, and the wan­ing cres­cent in the east­ern sky in the morn­ing.

An overexposed photograph of a crescent Moon reveals earthshine and stars.

An overexposed photograph of a crescent Moon reveals earthshine and stars.Main article: Earthlight (astronomy)

When the Moon as seen from Earth is a thin cres­cent, Earth as viewed from the Moon is al­most fully lit by the Sun. Often, the dark side of the Moon is dimly il­lu­mi­nated by in­di­rect sun­light re­flected from Earth, but is bright enough to be eas­ily vis­i­ble from Earth. This phe­nom­e­non is called earth­shine and some­times pic­turesquely de­scribed as “the old moon in the new moon’s arms” or “the new moon in the old moon’s arms”.

Calendar Main article: Lunar calendar
May–June 2005 calendar of lunar phases

May–June 2005 calendar of lunar phases

The Gre­go­rian cal­en­dar month, which is 112 of a trop­i­cal year, is about 30.44 days, while the cycle of lunar phases (the Moon’s syn­odic pe­riod) re­peats every 29.53 days on av­er­age. There­fore, the tim­ing of the lunar phases shifts by an av­er­age of al­most one day for each suc­ces­sive month. (A lunar year lasts about 354 days.)

Pho­tograph­ing the Moon’s phase every day for a month (start­ing in the evening after sun­set, and re­peat­ing roughly 24 hours and 50 min­utes later, and end­ing in the morn­ing be­fore sun­rise) and ar­rang­ing the se­ries of pho­tos on a cal­en­dar would cre­ate a com­pos­ite image like the ex­am­ple cal­en­dar (May 8 – June 6, 2005) shown on the left. May 20 is blank be­cause a pic­ture would be taken be­fore mid­night on May 19 and the next after mid­night on May 21.

Sim­i­larly, on a cal­en­dar list­ing moon­rise or moon­set times, some days will ap­pear to be skipped. When moon­rise pre­cedes mid­night one night, the next moon­rise will fol­low mid­night on the next night (so too with moon­set). The “skipped day” is just a fea­ture of the Moon’s east­ward move­ment in re­la­tion to the Sun, which at most lat­i­tudes, causes the Moon to rise later each day. The Moon fol­lows a pre­dictable orbit every month.

Calculating phase
A crescent Moon over Kingman, Arizona

A crescent Moon over Kingman, Arizona

Each of the four in­ter­me­di­ate phases lasts ap­prox­i­mately seven days (7.38 days on av­er­age), but varies slightly due to lunar apogee and perigee.

The num­ber of days counted from the time of the new moon is the Moon’s “age”. Each com­plete cycle of phases is called a “lu­na­tion“.

The ap­prox­i­mate age of the Moon, and hence the ap­prox­i­mate phase, can be cal­cu­lated for any date by cal­cu­lat­ing the num­ber of days since a known new moon (such as Jan­u­ary 1, 1900 or Au­gust 11, 1999) and re­duc­ing this mod­ulo 29.530588853 (the length of a syn­odic month). The dif­fer­ence be­tween two dates can be cal­cu­lated by sub­tract­ing the Ju­lian day num­ber of one from that of the other, or there are sim­pler for­mu­lae giv­ing (for in­stance) the num­ber of days since De­cem­ber 31, 1899. How­ever, this cal­cu­la­tion as­sumes a per­fectly cir­cu­lar orbit and makes no al­lowance for the time of day at which the new moon oc­curred and there­fore may be in­cor­rect by sev­eral hours. (It also be­comes less ac­cu­rate the larger the dif­fer­ence be­tween the re­quired date and the ref­er­ence date). It is ac­cu­rate enough to use in a nov­elty clock ap­pli­ca­tion show­ing lunar phase, but spe­cial­ist usage tak­ing ac­count of lunar apogee and perigee re­quires a more elab­o­rate cal­cu­la­tion.

Effect of parallax

The Earth sub­tends an angle of about two de­grees when seen from the Moon. This means that an ob­server on Earth who sees the Moon when it is close to the east­ern hori­zon sees it from an angle that is about 2 de­grees dif­fer­ent from the line of sight of an ob­server who sees the Moon on the west­ern hori­zon. The Moon moves about 12 de­grees around its orbit per day, so, if these ob­servers were sta­tion­ary, they would see the phases of the Moon at times that dif­fer by about one-sixth of a day, or 4 hours. But in re­al­ity, the ob­servers are on the sur­face of the ro­tat­ing Earth, so some­one who sees the Moon on the east­ern hori­zon at one mo­ment sees it on the west­ern hori­zon about 12 hours later. This adds an os­cil­la­tion to the ap­par­ent pro­gres­sion of the lunar phases. They ap­pear to occur more slowly when the Moon is high in the sky than when it is below the hori­zon. The Moon ap­pears to move jerk­ily, and the phases do the same. The am­pli­tude of this os­cil­la­tion is never more than about four hours, which is a small frac­tion of a month. It does not have any ob­vi­ous ef­fect on the ap­pear­ance of the Moon. How­ever, it does af­fect ac­cu­rate cal­cu­la­tions of the times of lunar phases.


File:Orbit of the Moon in 2013.ogvPlay mediaThe lunar phase depends on the Moon’s position in orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s position in orbit around the sun. This animation (not to scale) looks down on Earth from the north pole of the ecliptic.

It might be ex­pected that once every month, when the Moon passes be­tween Earth and the Sun dur­ing a new moon, its shadow would fall on Earth caus­ing a solar eclipse, but this does not hap­pen every month. Nor is it true that dur­ing every full moon, the Earth’s shadow falls on the Moon, caus­ing a lunar eclipse. Solar and lunar eclipses are not ob­served every month be­cause the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted by about 5° with re­spect to the plane of Earth’s orbit around the Sun (the plane of the eclip­tic). Thus, when new and full moons occur, the Moon usu­ally lies to the north or south of a di­rect line through the Earth and Sun. Al­though an eclipse can only occur when the Moon is ei­ther new (solar) or full (lunar), it must also be po­si­tioned very near the in­ter­sec­tion of Earth’s or­bital plane about the Sun and the Moon’s or­bital plane about the Earth (that is, at one of its nodes). This hap­pens about twice per year, and so there are be­tween four and seven eclipses in a cal­en­dar year. Most of these eclipses are par­tial; total eclipses of the Moon or Sun are less fre­quent.

Read more: https://wiki2.org/en/Lunar_phase


How the Moon Affects Sleep

In a recent laboratory study in Switzerland, researchers monitored volunteers’ quality of sleep to determine if the lunar cycle impacted their sleep cycle. After monitoring and recording the volunteers’ sleep patterns over a period of days, researchers found that, when there was a full moon, the volunteers on average took five minutes longer to fall asleep, slept for 20 minutes less, and were in a deep sleep for almost one-third less time than usual.

Interestingly, the scientists found that the drop in quality sleep did not have to do with the volunteers actually seeing the moon or its light while they slept. In fact, none of the volunteers even knew the moon was full, nor could they see it from where they slept. The study’s profound findings show that the human body is naturally attuned to the lunar cycle in many ways that we have yet to fully discover.

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