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Moon Phases, Spring
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CURRENT MOON

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.

New Moon
(Spring Tide)
First Quarter
(Neap Tide)
Full Moon
(Spring Tide)
Last Quarter
(Neap Tide)
29 December
06:53
5 January
19:47
12 January
11:34
19 January
22:31
28 January
00:07
4 February
04:19
11 February
00:33
18 February
19:33
26 February
14:58
5 March
11:32
12 March
14:54
20 March
15:58
28 March
02:57
3 April
18:39
11 April
06:08
19 April
09:57
26 April
12:16
3 May
02:47
10 May
21:42
19 May
00:33
25 May
19:44
1 June
12:42
9 June
13:10
17 June
11:33
24 June
02:31
1 July
00:51
9 July
04:07
16 July
19:25
23 July
09:45
30 July
15:23
7 August
18:10
15 August
01:15
21 August
18:30
29 August
08:13
6 September
07:02
13 September
06:25
20 September
05:30
28 September
02:53
5 October
18:40
12 October
12:25
19 October
19:12
27 October
22:22
4 November
05:23
10 November
20:36
18 November
11:42
26 November
17:03
3 December
15:47
10 December
07:51
18 December
06:30
26 December
09:20
2 January
02:24
8 January
22:25

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.

Supermoon

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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