Moons for the next few months

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Current moon

Current phase of the moon
New
22 December 2014, 01:36
First Quarter
28 December 2014, 18:33
Full
5 January 2015, 04:54
Last Quarter
13 January 2015, 09:49
New
20 January 2015, 13:15

Times are GMT using a 24 hour clock

Moons for the next year

The table shows the times of the New and Full moons over the next year. The times are GMT. Also shown are the Islamic month & year corresponding to each New moon and the date on which the month probably starts in Makkah and in London. Following the table there are notes about its contents.

Moons from 22 December 2014 to 10 January 2016
New moon Full moon Islamic month
Name Makkah London
22 December 2014
01:36
5 January 2015
04:54
Rabia I
1436
24 December 24 December
20 January 2015
13:15
3 February 2015
23:10
Rabia II
1436
22 January 22 January
18 February 2015
23:49
5 March 2015
18:07
Jumada I
1436
21 February 20 February
20 March 2015
09:39
4 April 2015
12:07
Jumada II
1436
22 March 22 March
18 April 2015
18:59
4 May 2015
03:45
Rajab
1436
20 April 20 April
18 May 2015
04:16
2 June 2015
16:22
Shaban
1436
20 May 20 May
16 June 2015
14:08
2 July 2015
02:22
Ramadan
1436
18 June
Laylat al-Qadar:
14 July?
18 June
Laylat al-Qadar:
14 July?
16 July 2015
01:26
31 July 2015
10:46
Shawwai
1436
18 July
Eid-al-Fitr:
18 July
17 July
Eid-al-Fitr:
17 July
14 August 2015
14:55
29 August 2015
18:38
Zu’lkadah
1436
16 August 16 August
13 September 2015
06:43
28 September 2015
02:52
Zu’lhijjah
1436
15 September
Eid-al-Adha:
24 September
15 September
Eid-al-Adha:
24 September
13 October 2015
00:07
27 October 2015
12:06
Muharran
1437
15 October
Ashura:
24 October
14 October
Ashura:
23 October
11 November 2015
17:48
25 November 2015
22:45
Safar
1437
13 November 13 November
11 December 2015
10:30
25 December 2015
11:12
Rabia I
1437
13 December 13 December
10 January 2016
01:31
24 January 2016
01:46
Rabia II
1437
12 January 12 January

Data last updated 22 December 2014, 02:15 GMT

Notes

New moon

New moon on this page means the time, in the current orbit, when the moon’s unlit side is most exactly facing the Earth. Astronomers call this a ‘conjunction’. Sometimes this phase is referred to as a dark moon to distinguish it from the popular meaning of new moon which refers to a very thin crescent.

The timings

The timings should be pretty accurate and match, to within a minute, those shown in tables produced by more competent people than me. All times shown are GMT (UTC).

The table is recalculated the first time this page is accessed following a new moon. If you happen to be the person who makes this access the page will take a little longer than usual to load.

The moon phase image

The moon phase image shows the current phase of the moon as seen from the northern hemisphere. The image should be accurate to around 9 hours; sometimes it will be a little bit ahead, sometimes a little bit behind though around the quarters it will be more accurate. I could make it more accurate but only at the expense of placing a bigger strain on the server.

Some versions of Internet Explorer sometimes do not request a new image when the one they have in their cache expires. If the phase is obviously very wrong then reload the image manually.

Your location

A couple of people have asked if the phase of the moon and the timings change depending on where you are on the Earth.

The answer is that they don’t. For practical purposes anyway. There is a tiny effect on the phase for, say, people on opposite sides of the planet but it really is tiny. The reason is that the diameter of the Earth is small compared to the distance to the moon. The Earth is around 12800 km across. The distance to the moon is around 384000 km — around 30 times greater. The parallax is just too small to make the phase difference visible to the naked eye.

Islamic months

The Islamic month start dates can only be approximate as they depend on actual sightings of the crescent moon. Since this cannot be predicted with absolute certainty it is impossible to predict the month start dates with complete accuracy. What is shown here should be seen only as a guide.

See here for more information on this as I understand it.

Please note

I am not a Muslim and cannot answer questions about prayer times because I do not know the rules.

Further information

If you need moon phase information from outside the times shown in the table you could look at NASA’s 6000 year Moon Phase Catalog which will give you the times of New, Full & Quarter moons over a 6000 year period from 2000 BCE to 4000 CE