Moons for the next few months

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Current moon

Current phase of the moon
New
30 March 2014, 18:48
First Quarter
7 April 2014, 08:32
Full
15 April 2014, 07:45
Last Quarter
22 April 2014, 07:53
New
29 April 2014, 06:18

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 30 March 2014 to 18 April 2015
New moon Full moon Islamic month
Name Makkah London
30 March 2014
18:48
15 April 2014
07:45
Jumada II
1435
1 April 1 April
29 April 2014
06:18
14 May 2014
19:19
Rajab
1435
1 May 1 May
28 May 2014
18:43
13 June 2014
04:14
Shaban
1435
30 May 30 May
27 June 2014
08:11
12 July 2014
11:27
Ramadan
1435
29 June
Laylat al-Qadar:
25 July?
29 June
Laylat al-Qadar:
25 July?
26 July 2014
22:43
10 August 2014
18:11
Shawwai
1435
28 July
Eid-al-Fitr:
28 July
28 July
Eid-al-Fitr:
28 July
25 August 2014
14:13
9 September 2014
01:39
Zu’lkadah
1435
27 August 27 August
24 September 2014
06:14
8 October 2014
10:51
Zu’lhijjah
1435
26 September
Eid-al-Adha:
5 October
26 September
Eid-al-Adha:
5 October
23 October 2014
21:56
6 November 2014
22:23
Muharran
1436
26 October
Ashura:
4 November
25 October
Ashura:
3 November
22 November 2014
12:32
6 December 2014
12:27
Safar
1436
24 November 24 November
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

Data last updated 30 March 2014, 18:50 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