Kent Coast Sea Fishing Compendium

Moon Phases, Spring
& Neap Tides

Lunar calendar with the exact dates and times of the moon phases in 2018.

All times are local time for London. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.

New Moon (Spring Tide) First Quarter (Neap Tide) Full Moon (Spring Tide) Third Quarter (Neap Tide)
18 December 2017 06:30 26 December 2017 09:20 2 January 2018 02:24 8 January 2018 22:25
17 January 02:17 24 January 22:20 31 January 13:26 7 February 15:53
15 February 21:05 23 February 08:09 2 March 00:51 9 March 11:19
17 March 13:11 24 March 15:35 31 March 13:36 8 April 08:17
16 April 02:57 22 April 22:45 30 April 01:58 08 May 03:08
15 May 12:47 22 May 04:49 29 May 15:19 06 June 19:31
13 June 20:43 20 June 11:50 28 June 05:53 06 July 08:50
13 July 03:47 19 July 20:52 27 July 21:20 04 August 19:17
11 August 10:57 18 August 08:48 26 August 12:56 03 September 03:37
9 September 19:01 17 September 00:14 25 September 03:52 2 October 10:45
9 October 04:46 16 October 19:01 24 October 17:45 31 October 16:40
7 November 16:01 15 November 14:54 23 November 05:39 30 November 00:18
07 December 07:20 15 December 11:49 22 December 17:48 29 December 09:34

Blue Moon

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

Black Moon

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:

Blood Moon

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.

Strawberry Moon

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.

Rainbow Moon

The Moon, Daily Telegraph Science

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