Moon Phases Full Moons Phase Times Dates Astrology

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If you click on the image above, you will see a time-lapse movie of the appearance of the Moon over one lunation. A lunation is a lunar month, during which time the Moon completely circles the Earth in its orbit.

     FULL MOONS 2006 E.S.T.
January 14th Full Wolf Moon 4:48 am
February 12th Full Snow Moon 11:44 pm
March 14th Full Worm Moon 6:35 pm
April 13th Full Pink Moon 12:40 pm
May 13th Full Flower Moon 2:51 am
June 11th Full Strawberry Moon 2:03 pm
July 10th Full Buck Moon 11:01 am
August 9th Full Sturgeon Moon 6:54 am
September 7tht Full Corn Moon 2:42 pm
October 6th Full Harvest Moon 11:12 pm
November 5th Full Hunters Moon 7:58 am
December 4th Full Cold Moon 7:24 pm

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.

2006 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time

      NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m
       
                 JAN.   6 18 56   JAN.  14  9 48   JAN.  22 15 14   
JAN.  29 14 15   FEB.   5  6 29   FEB.  13  4 44   FEB.  21  7 17
FEB.  28  0 31   MAR.   6 20 16   MAR.  14 23 35   MAR.  22 19 11
MAR.  29 10 15   APR.   5 12 01   APR.  13 16 40   APR.  21  3 28
APR.  27 19 44   MAY    5  5 13   MAY   13  6 51   MAY   20  9 21 
MAY   27  5 26   JUNE   3 23 06   JUNE  11 18 03   JUNE  18 14 08
JUNE  25 16 05   JULY   3 16 37   JULY  11  3 02   JULY  17 19 13 
JULY  25  4 31   AUG.   2  8 46   AUG.   9 10 54   AUG.  16  1 51
AUG.  23 19 10   AUG.  31 22 57   SEPT.  7 18 42   SEPT. 14 11 15 
SEPT. 22 11 45   SEPT. 30 11 04   OCT.   7  3 13   OCT.  14  0 26 
OCT.  22  5 14   OCT.  29 21 25   NOV.   5 12 58   NOV.  12 17 45 
NOV.  20 22 18   NOV.  28  6 29   DEC.   5  0 25   DEC.  12 14 32 
DEC.  20 14 01   DEC.  27 14 48   



2007 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time

      NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m         d  h  m
       
                                  JAN.   3 13 57   JAN. 11 12 45    
JAN.  19  4 01   JAN.  25 23 01   FEB.   2  5 45   FEB. 10  9 51 
FEB.  17 16 14   FEB.  24  7 56   MAR.   3 23 17   MAR. 12  3 54
MAR.  19  2 43   MAR.  25 18 16   APR.   2 17 15   APR. 10 18 04
APR.  17 11 36   APR.  24  6 36   MAY    2 10 09   MAY  10  4 27
MAY   16 19 27   MAY   23 21 03   JUNE   1  1 04   JUNE  8 11 43
JUNE  15  3 13   JUNE  22 13 15   JUNE  30 13 49   JULY  7 16 54
JULY  14 12 04   JULY  22  6 29   JULY  30  0 48   AUG.  5 21 20
AUG.  12 23 03   AUG.  20 23 54   AUG.  28 10 35   SEPT. 4  2 32
SEPT. 11 12 44   SEPT. 19 16 48   SEPT. 26 19 45   OCT.  3 10 06
OCT.  11  5 01   OCT.  19  8 33   OCT.  26  4 52   NOV.  1 21 18
NOV.   9 23 03   NOV.  17 22 33   NOV.  24 14 30   DEC.  1 12 44
DEC.   9 17 40   DEC.  17 10 18   DEC.  24  1 16   DEC. 31  7 51



2008 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time

      NEW MOON   FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m         d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m
       
JAN.   8 11 37   JAN. 15 19 46   JAN.  22 13 35   JAN.  30  5 03
FEB.   7  3 44   FEB. 14  3 33   FEB.  21  3 30   FEB.  29  2 18
MAR.   7 17 14   MAR. 14 10 46   MAR.  21 18 40   MAR.  29 21 47
APR.   6  3 55   APR. 12 18 32   APR.  20 10 25   APR.  28 14 12
MAY    5 12 18   MAY  12  3 47   MAY   20  2 11   MAY   28  2 57
JUNE   3 19 23   JUNE 10 15 04   JUNE  18 17 30   JUNE  26 12 10
JULY   3  2 19   JULY 10  4 35   JULY  18  7 59   JULY  25 18 42
AUG.   1 10 13   AUG.  8 20 20   AUG.  16 21 16   AUG.  23 23 50
AUG.  30 19 58   SEPT. 7 14 04   SEPT. 15  9 13   SEPT. 22  5 04  
SEPT. 29  8 12   OCT.  7  9 04   OCT.  14 20 02   OCT.  21 11 55
OCT.  28 23 14   NOV.  6  4 03   NOV.  13  6 17   NOV.  19 21 31
NOV.  27 16 55   DEC.  5 21 26   DEC.  12 16 37   DEC.  19 10 29
DEC.  27 12 22       



2009 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time

      NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER       FULL MOON     LAST QUARTER

       d  h  m          d  h  m         d  h  m          d  h  m
       
                 JAN.   4 11 56   JAN. 11  3 27   JAN.  18  2 46
JAN.  26  7 55   FEB.   2 23 13   FEB.  9 14 49   FEB.  16 21 37
FEB.  25  1 35   MAR.   4  7 46   MAR. 11  2 38   MAR.  18 17 47 
MAR.  26 16 06   APR.   2 14 34   APR.  9 14 56   APR.  17 13 36  
APR.  25  3 23   MAY    1 20 44   MAY   9  4 01   MAY   17  7 26
MAY   24 12 11   MAY   31  3 22   JUNE  7 18 12   JUNE  15 22 15
JUNE  22 19 35   JUNE  29 11 28   JULY  7  9 21   JULY  15  9 53  
JULY  22  2 35   JULY  28 22 00   AUG.  6  0 55   AUG.  13 18 55  
AUG.  20 10 02   AUG.  27 11 42   SEPT. 4 16 03   SEPT. 12  2 16
SEPT. 18 18 44   SEPT. 26  4 50   OCT.  4  6 10   OCT.  11  8 56  
OCT.  18  5 33   OCT.  26  0 42   NOV.  2 19 14   NOV.   9 15 56  
NOV.  16 19 14   NOV.  24 21 39   DEC.  2  7 30   DEC.   9  0 13  
DEC.  16 12 02   DEC.  24 17 36   DEC. 31 19 13



2010 Phases of the Moon

Universal Time

     NEW MOON    FIRST QUARTER        FULL MOON    LAST QUARTER

      d  h  m          d  h  m          d  h  m         d  h  m
      
                                                  JAN.  7 10 39       
JAN. 15  7 11   JAN.  23 10 53   JAN.  30  6 18   FEB.  5 23 48
FEB. 14  2 51   FEB.  22  0 42   FEB.  28 16 38   MAR.  7 15 42
MAR. 15 21 01   MAR.  23 11 00   MAR.  30  2 25   APR.  6  9 37  
APR. 14 12 29   APR.  21 18 20   APR.  28 12 18   MAY   6  4 15  
MAY  14  1 04   MAY   20 23 43   MAY   27 23 07   JUNE  4 22 13  
JUNE 12 11 15   JUNE  19  4 29   JUNE  26 11 30   JULY  4 14 35  
JULY 11 19 40   JULY  18 10 11   JULY  26  1 37   AUG.  3  4 59  
AUG. 10  3 08   AUG.  16 18 14   AUG.  24 17 05   SEPT. 1 17 22  
SEPT. 8 10 30   SEPT. 15  5 50   SEPT. 23  9 17   OCT.  1  3 52  
OCT.  7 18 44   OCT.  14 21 27   OCT.  23  1 36   OCT. 30 12 46  
NOV.  6  4 52   NOV.  13 16 39   NOV.  21 17 27   NOV. 28 20 36  
DEC.  5 17 36   DEC.  13 13 59   DEC.  21  8 13   DEC. 28  4 18 

Phases of the Moon

From any location on the Earth, the Moon appears to be a circular

disk which, at any specific time, is illuminated to some degree

by direct sunlight. Like the Earth, the Moon is a sphere which is

always half illuminated by the Sun, but as the Moon orbits the Earth

we get to see more or less of the illuminated half. During each

lunar orbit (a lunar month), we see the Moon's appearance change

from not visibly illuminated through partially illuminated to fully

illuminated, then back through partially illuminated to not

illuminated again. Although this cycle is a continuous process,

there are eight distinct, traditionally recognized stages,

called phases. The phases designate both the degree to which the

Moon is illuminated and the geometric appearance of the illuminated

part. These phases of the Moon, in the sequence of their occurrence

(starting from New Moon), are listed below.

 
New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon is not visible (except during a solar eclipse).
Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is increasing.
Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth. The Moon appears to be completely illuminated by direct sunlight.
Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.
Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is illuminated is decreasing.

Following waning crescent is New Moon, beginning a repetition of the complete phase cycle of

29.5 days average duration. The time in days counted from the time of New Moon is called the

Moon's "age". Each complete cycle of phases is called a "lunation". Because the cycle of the

phases is shorter than most calendar months, the phase of the Moon at the very beginning of

the month usually repeats at the very end of the month. When there are two Full Moons in a

month (which occurs, on average, every 2.7 years), the second one is called a "Blue Moon".

 

For practical purposes, phases of the Moon and the percent of the Moon illuminated are

independent of the location on the Earth from where the Moon is observed. That is, all

the phases occur at the same time regardless of the observer's position.

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