Kent Coast Sea Fishing Compendium
Moon Phases, Spring
& Neap Tides
Lunar calendar with the exact dates and times of the moon phases in 2017.
The calendar times are in UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) so, between 01:00 Sunday 26th March and 02:00 Sunday 29th October, add one hour to the times listed for British Summer Time.
A Blue Moon is the second of two full Moons in a single calendar month. A full Moon occurs roughly every 29½ days and on the rare occasions when the full Moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month.
Year First Full Moon Blue Moon 2018 2nd January 31st January 2018 2nd March 31st March 2020 2nd October 31st October 2023 1st August 31st August 2026 1st May 31st May 2028 2nd December 31st December 2031 1st September 30th September 2034 1st July 31st July 2037 2nd January 31st January 2037 2nd March 31st March 2039 2nd October 31st October
A 'Blue Moon' curse is powerful curse in Italian witchcraft. To say someone is born under a bad (astrological) sign with a blue moon in their eyes means that they were cursed at birth, and will never lead a good life:"Woke up this morning, got yourself a gun;
Mama always said you'd be The Chosen One
She said: "You're one in a million and you've got to burn to shine,
but you were born under a bad sign, with a blue moon in your eyes."
"Woke up this morning", The Sopranos soundtrack (1999), Alabama 3
A black Moon is the name given to the second new Moon in a calendar month. A new Moon is the first phase of the 29.53-day lunar cycle as the Moon orbits Earth. At this phase of the cycle, the Moon is invisible to the naked eye as its illuminated side faces away from Earth and towards the Sun, meaning it is shrouded in darkness and thus hard to see.
A Supermoon ('Perigee Full Moon') is a new or full Moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. This results in what's known as a perigee-syzygy full Moon, referred to in the popular press as a 'Supermoon'. Syzygy is a term describing when three celestial bodies are in a line. At perigee the apparent size of the Moon is maximised and this particular full Moon will have the largest apparent diameter since 26th January 1948. Although this sounds dramatic, the difference between November's full Moon and those of October and December is actually quite small. The Moon's full phase is unfortunately timed for the annual Leonid meteor shower which peaks on 17th November, moonlight drowning out all but the brightest meteor trails.
Each full Moon of the year is given a name:
- January: Wolf Moon, also known as the Old Moon, or the Moon after Yule (12 January 2017).
- February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon (11 February 2017).
- March: Worm Moon, also known as the Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Lenten Moon (12 March 2017).
- April: Pink Moon, also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, Fish Moon (11 April 2017).
- May: Flower Moon, also known as the Corn Planting Moon or Milk Moon (10 May 2017).
- June: Strawberry Moon, also known as the Rose Moon in Europe (9 June 2017).
- July: Buck Moon, also known as the Thunder Moon or Hay Moon (9 July 2017).
- August: Sturgeon Moon, also known as the Red Moon, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon (7 August 2017).
- September: Harvest Moon, also known as the Corn Moon. The Harvest Moon, which is the closest full moon to the fall equinox, occasionally falls in October (6 September 2017).
- October: Hunter's Moon, also known as the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon and occasionally the Harvest Moon if it is closer to the equinox (5 October 2017).
- November: Beaver Moon, also called the Frosty Moon (4 November 2017).
- December: Cold Moon, also known as the Long Nights Moon or the Moon before Yule (3 December 2017).
Also known as a Supermoon lunar eclipse occurs when the shadow of Earth casts a reddish glow on the Moon, the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full Moon of the year. There was one in September 2015, and before that in 1982 but the next one will not occur until 2033.
A rare event when there's a full Moon on the same day as the summer solstice. It happened in June 2016 for the first time since 1967 when 17 hours of sunlight gave way to a bright moonlit sky. The Moon appears pink or red and its romantic label was coined by the Algonquin tribes of North America who believed June's full Moon signalled the beginning of the strawberry picking season.
The Moon, Daily Telegraph Science
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