Moons for the next few months

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Current moon

Current phase of the moon
New
6 May 2016, 19:31
First Quarter
13 May 2016, 17:03
Full
21 May 2016, 21:17
Last Quarter
29 May 2016, 12:14
New
5 June 2016, 03:02

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 6 May 2016 to 25 May 2017
New moon Full moon Islamic month
Name Makkah London
6 May 2016
19:31
21 May 2016
21:17
Shaban
1437
8 May 8 May
5 June 2016
03:02
20 June 2016
11:05
Ramadan
1437
7 June
Laylat al-Qadar:
3 July?
6 June
Laylat al-Qadar:
2 July?
4 July 2016
11:03
19 July 2016
23:00
Shawwai
1437
6 July
Eid-al-Fitr:
6 July
6 July
Eid-al-Fitr:
6 July
2 August 2016
20:47
18 August 2016
09:30
Zu’lkadah
1437
4 August 4 August
1 September 2016
09:05
16 September 2016
19:08
Zu’lhijjah
1437
3 September
Eid-al-Adha:
12 September
3 September
Eid-al-Adha:
12 September
1 October 2016
00:13
16 October 2016
04:25
Muharran
1438
3 October
Ashura:
12 October
2 October
Ashura:
11 October
30 October 2016
17:40
14 November 2016
13:54
Safar
1438
1 November 1 November
29 November 2016
12:20
14 December 2016
00:07
Rabia I
1438
1 December 1 December
29 December 2016
06:54
12 January 2017
11:35
Rabia II
1438
31 December 31 December
28 January 2017
00:08
11 February 2017
00:34
Jumada I
1438
30 January 30 January
26 February 2017
15:00
12 March 2017
14:55
Jumada II
1438
28 February 28 February
28 March 2017
02:59
11 April 2017
06:09
Rajab
1438
30 March 30 March
26 April 2017
12:18
10 May 2017
21:44
Shaban
1438
28 April 28 April
25 May 2017
19:46
9 June 2017
13:11
Ramadan
1438
27 May
Laylat al-Qadar:
22 June?
27 May
Laylat al-Qadar:
22 June?

Data last updated 6 May 2016, 19:34 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