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Moon Phases 2018

Eastern Time Zone/US & Canada
(GMT-05:00)

Date Name U.S. East UTC
Jan. 1 Wolf Moon 9:24 p.m. 02:24
Jan. 31 Snow Moon 8:27 a.m. 13:27
Mar. 1 Worm Moon 7:51 p.m. 00:51 (3/2)
Mar. 31 Sap Moon 8:37 a.m. 13:37
Apr. 29 Pink Moon 8:58 p.m. 01:58 (4/30)
May 29 Flower Moon 10:20 a.m. 15:20
Jun. 28 Strawberry Moon 12:53 a.m. 05:53
Jul. 27 Buck Moon 4:21 p.m. 21:21
Aug. 26 Sturgeon Moon 7:56 a.m. 12:56
Sep. 24 Harvest Moon 10:53 p.m. 03:53 (9/25)
Oct. 24 Hunter's Moon 12:45 p.m. 17:45
Nov. 23 Beaver Moon 12:39 a.m. 05:39
Dec. 22 Cold Moon 12:49 p.m. 17:49

Region: London
Date Phase Time Moon in zodiac Sun in zodiac
January 2, 2018 Full moon at 02:24 Moon in Cancer Sun in Capricorn
Waning moon
January 17, 2018 New moon at 02:17 Moon in Capricorn Sun in Capricorn
Waxing moon
January 31, 2018 Full moon at 13:26 Moon in Leo Sun in Aquarius
Waning moon
February 15, 2018 New moon at 21:05 Moon in Aquarius Sun in Aquarius
Waxing moon
March 2, 2018 Full moon at 00:51 Moon in Virgo Sun in Pisces
Waning moon
March 17, 2018 New moon at 13:11 Moon in Pisces Sun in Pisces
Waxing moon
March 31, 2018 Full moon at 13:36 Moon in Libra Sun in Aries
Waning moon
April 16, 2018 New moon at 02:57 Moon in Aries Sun in Aries
Waxing moon
April 30, 2018 Full moon at 01:58 Moon in Scorpio Sun in Taurus
Waning moon
May 15, 2018 New moon at 12:47 Moon in Taurus Sun in Taurus
Waxing moon
May 29, 2018 Full moon at 15:19 Moon in Sagittarius Sun in Gemini
Waning moon
June 13, 2018 New moon at 20:43 Moon in Gemini Sun in Gemini
Waxing moon
June 28, 2018 Full moon at 05:52 Moon in Capricorn Sun in Cancer
Waning moon
July 13, 2018 New moon at 03:47 Moon in Cancer Sun in Cancer
Waxing moon
July 27, 2018 Full moon at 21:20 Moon in Aquarius Sun in Leo
Waning moon
August 11, 2018 New moon at 10:57 Moon in Leo Sun in Leo
Waxing moon
August 26, 2018 Full moon at 12:56 Moon in Pisces Sun in Virgo
Waning moon
September 9, 2018 New moon at 19:01 Moon in Virgo Sun in Virgo
Waxing moon
September 25, 2018 Full moon at 03:52 Moon in Aries Sun in Libra
Waning moon
October 9, 2018 New moon at 04:46 Moon in Libra Sun in Libra
Waxing moon
October 24, 2018 Full moon at 17:45 Moon in Taurus Sun in Scorpio
Waning moon
November 7, 2018 New moon at 16:01 Moon in Scorpio Sun in Scorpio
Waxing moon
November 23, 2018 Full moon at 05:39 Moon in Gemini Sun in Sagittarius
Waning moon
December 7, 2018 New moon at 07:20 Moon in Sagittarius Sun in Sagittarius
Waxing moon
December 22, 2018 Full moon at 17:48 Moon in Cancer Sun in Capricorn

Jan 1 21:24 -Jan 8 17:25 -Jan 16 21:17
Jan 24 17:20  -Jan 31 08:27 - Feb 7 10:54  -Feb 15 16:05
Feb 23 03:09  -Mar 1 19:51  -Mar 9 06:20  -Mar 17 09:12
Mar 24 11:35  -Mar 31 08:37  -Apr 8 03:18  -Apr 15 21:57
Apr 22 13:49  -Apr 29 20:58  -May 7 22:09  -May 15 07:48
May 21 23:49  -May 29 10:20  -Jun 6 14:32  -Jun 13 15:43
Jun 20 06:51  -Jun 28 00:53  -Jul 6 03:51  -Jul 12 22:48
Jul 19 15:52  -Jul 27 16:21  -Aug 4 14:18  -Aug 11 05:58
Aug 18 03:49  -Aug 26 07:56 - Sep 2 22:37  -Sep 9 14:01
Sep 16 19:15  -Sep 24 22:53  -Oct 2 05:45  -Oct 8 23:47
Oct 16 14:02  -Oct 24 12:45  -Oct 31 11:40  -Nov 7 11:02
Nov 15 09:54  -Nov 23 00:39  -Nov 29 19:19  -Dec 7 02:20
Dec 15 06:20  -Dec 22 12:49  -Dec 29 04:34

Moon phases 2018 Northern Hemisphere

Moon Phases 2018 Southern Hemisphere

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By Orion 8 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Orion 8 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Moon Phases Explained 

It takes our Moon about 29.5 days to completely cycle through all eight phases. Occasionally (about every 2.7 years) there are two Full Moons in the same month. This is referred to as a Blue Moon. Hence the saying

"Once in a Blue Moon".

New Moon

The side of the moon facing the Earth is not illuminated. Additionally, the moon is up through out the day, and down through out the night. For these reasons we can not see the moon during this phase.

Waxing Crescent

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During this phase, part of the Moon is beginning to show. This lunar sliver can be seen each evening for a few minutes just after sunset. We say that the Moon is "waxing" because each night a little bit more is visible for a little bit longer.

First Quarter

During first quarter, 1/2 of the moon is visible for the first half of the evening, and then goes down, leaving the sky very dark.

Waxing Gibbous


When most of the Moon is visible we say it is a Gibbous Moon. Observers can see all but a little sliver of the moon. During this phase, the Moon remains in the sky most of the night.

Full Moon

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When we can observe the entire face of the moon, we call it a Full Moon. A full moon will rise just as the evening begins, and will set about the time morning is ushered in.

Waning Gibbous


Like the Waxing Gibbous Moon, during this phase, we can see all but a sliver of the Moon. The difference is that instead of seeing more of the Moon each night, we begin to see less and less of the Moon each night. This is what the word "waning" means.

Last Quarter

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During a Last Quarter Moon we can see exactly 1/2 of the Moon's lighted surface.

Waning Crescent


Finally, during a Waning Crescent Moon, observers on Earth can only see a small sliver of the Moon, and only just before morning. Each night less of the Moon is visible for less time.

Effect of parallax !!!
The Earth subtends an angle of about two degrees, when seen from the Moon. This means that an observer on Earth who sees the Moon when it is close to the eastern horizon sees it from an angle that is about two degrees different from the line of sight of an observer who sees the Moon on the western horizon. The Moon moves about 12 degrees around its orbit per day, so, if these observers were stationary, they would see the phases of the Moon at times that differ by about one-sixth of a day, or four hours. But in reality the observers are on the surface of the rotating Earth, so someone who sees the Moon on the eastern horizon at one moment sees it on the western horizon about 12 hours later. This adds an oscillation to the apparent progression of the lunar phases. They appear to occur more slowly when the Moon is high in the sky than when it is below the horizon. The Moon appears to move jerkily, and the phases do the same. The amplitude of this oscillation is never more than about four hours, which is a small fraction of a month. It does not have any obvious effect on the appearance of the Moon. However, it does affect accurate calculations of the times of lunar phases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallax

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Herbert Hall Turner