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Moon Phases 2019

Eastern Time Zone/US & Canada


Moon Phases for Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2019

Lunation New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter Duration
1188 6 jan 02:28 14 jan 07:45 21 jan 06:16 27 jan 22:10 29d 19h 35m
1189 4 feb 22:03 12 feb 23:26 19 feb 16:53 26 feb 12:27 29d 19h 00m
1190 6 mrt 17:03 14 mrt 11:27 21 mrt 02:42 28 mrt 05:09 29d 16h 47m
1191 5 apr 10:50 12 apr 21:05 19 apr 13:12 27 apr 00:18 29d 13h 55m
1192 5 mei 00:45 12 mei 03:12 18 mei 23:11 26 mei 18:33 29d 11h 16m
1193 3 jun 12:01 10 jun 07:59 17 jun 10:30 25 jun 11:46 29d 9h 14m
1194 2 jul 21:16 9 jul 12:54 16 jul 23:38 25 jul 03:18 29d 7h 56m
1195 1 aug 05:11 7 aug 19:30 15 aug 14:29 23 aug 16:56 29d 7h 25m
1196 30 aug 12:37 6 sep 05:10 14 sep 06:32 22 sep 04:40 29d 7h 49m
1197 28 sep 20:26 5 okt 18:47 13 okt 23:07 21 okt 14:39 29d 9h 12m
1198 28 okt 04:38 4 nov 11:23 12 nov 14:34 19 nov 22:10 29d 11h 27m
1199 26 nov 16:05 4 dec 07:58 12 dec 06:12 19 dec 05:57 29d 14h 08m
1200 26 dec 06:13 29d 16h 29m
* All times are local time for Amsterdam. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. They take into account refraction. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.

2019 Moon Phases Calendar

jan 6:,  14:,  21:,  27:
feb 4:,  12:,  19:,  26:
mrt 6:,  14:,  21:,  28:
apr 5:,  12:,  19:,  27:
mei 5:,  12:,  18:,  26:
jun 3:,  10:,  17:,  25:
jul 2:,    9:,  16:,  25:
aug 1:,    7:,  15:,  23:,  30:
sep 6:,  14:,  22:,  28:
okt 5:,  13:,  21:,  28:
nov 4:,  12:,  19:,  26:
dec 4:,  12:,  19:,  26:

Moon Phases 2019 - Northern Hemisphere - 4K

Moon Phases 2019 - Southern Hemisphere - 4K


By Orion 8 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Orion 8 (Own work) [CC 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


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


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


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.

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