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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

Lunar calendar with the exact dates and times of the moon phases in 2019.

All times are local time for London. Time is adjusted for BST 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)
January 6
Sunday 01:29
January 14
Monday 06:46
January 21
Monday 05:17
January 27
Sunday 21:12
February 4
Monday 21:04
February 12
Tuesday 22:26
February 19
Tuesday 15:53
February 26
Tuesday 11:29
March 6
Wednesday 16:05
March 14
Thursday 10:26
March 21
Thursday 01:43
March 28
Thursday 04:11
April 5
Friday 09:52
April 12
Friday 20:06
April 19
Friday 12:12
April 26
Friday 23:19
May 4
Saturday 23:47
May 12
Sunday 02:13
May 18
Saturday 22:11
May 26
Sunday 17:34
June 3
Monday 11:02
June 10
Monday 07:00
June 17
Monday 09:31
June 25
Tuesday 10:48
July 2
Tuesday 20:17
July 9
Tuesday 11:56
July 16
Tuesday 22:39
July 25
Thursday 02:20
August 1
Thursday 04:12
August 7
Wednesday 18:32
August 15
Thursday 13:31
August 23
Friday 15:58
August 30
Friday 11:38
September 6
Friday 04:11
September 14
Saturday 05:35
September 22
Sunday 03:43
September 28
Saturday 19:27
October 5
Saturday 17:48
October 13
Sunday 22:10
October 21
Monday 13:41
October 28
Monday 03:40
November 4
Monday 10:23
November 12
Tuesday 13:37
November 19
Tuesday 21:13
November 26
Tuesday 15:07
December 4
Wednesday 06:58
December 12
Thursday 05:14
December 19
Thursday 04:59
December 26
Thursday 05:15
     

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
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:

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