John N's web site for Astronomy and
ABOUT THE MOON
Times for moonrise and moonset, phases, eclipses, easter and
whitsun, festive and memorial days.
today and following days
The times are in Universal Time, except the local clock.
Sky Observer Moon Page.
phases for January till December
2013 Phases of the Moon
New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
d h m d h m d h m d h m
Jan 5 3 58
Jan 11 19 44 Jan 18 23 45 Jan 27 4 38 Feb 3 13 56
Feb 10 7 20 Feb 17 20 31 Feb 25 20 26 Mar 4 21 53
Mar 11 19 51 Mar 19 17 27 Mar 27 9 27 Apr 3 4 36
Apr 10 9 35 Apr 18 12 31 Apr 25 19 57 May 2 11 14
May 10 0 28 May 18 4 34 May 25 4 25 May 31 18 58
Jun 8 15 56 Jun 16 17 24 Jun 23 11 32 Jun 30 4 53
Jul 8 7 14 Jul 16 3 18 Jul 22 18 15 Jul 29 17 43
Aug 6 21 51 Aug 14 10 56 Aug 21 1 45 Aug 28 9 35
Sep 5 11 36 Sep 12 17 08 Sep 19 11 13 Sep 27 3 55
Oct 5 0 34 Oct 11 23 02 Oct 18 23 38 Oct 26 23 40
Nov 3 12 50 Nov 10 5 57 Nov 17 15 16 Nov 25 19 28
Dec 3 0 22 Dec 9 15 12 Dec 17 9 28 Dec 25 13 48
d h m = day hour minute.
Source moon data: USNO computer
(U.S. Naval Observatory).
Rise and set times of
the sun and moon for today via Wunderground for London and New York Central Park
Rise and set times of the sun and
moon for today via the USNO on-line computer.
For the USNO complete sun and moon data for one day, click
longitude east 5 degrees, latitude north 52 degrees,
time zone 1 hour east of Greenwich, location Netherlands.
Time zone 2 hour east of Greenwich for summer time.
The new moon rises in the east with the sun, the first quarter moon rises around noon, the
full moon rises at sunset, and the third quarter mon rises around midnight.
The new moon is standing at midday at her highest point in the south.
First quarter moon is standing in the afternoon at her highest point in the south.
Full moon is standing at midnight at her highest point in the south.
Last quarter moon is standing in the morning at her highest point in the south.
The new moon sets in west with the sun, the first quarter moon sets around midnight, the
full moon sets at sundown, and the third quarter mon sets around noon.
Generally speaking the moon will be high in the sky when the sun is low (i.e. northern
hemisphere winter) and vise versa.
Make your own calendar
for rise and set times for sun and moon via the site: http://www.sunrisesunset.com
The moon: climate and landscape
On the moon air and water are missing. By daylight it is there
constantly dry, sunny and very hot with maximum temperatures until 120 degrees Celsius.
The night is cold and clear with minimum temperatures until 150 degrees Celsius beneath
zero. On the moon we see many structures, such as plains, craters, mountains and valleys.
A thick layer of moondust covers large parts of the surface. More about this.
The dates and types of eclipses during 2012 are as follows.
2012, May 20: Annular solar
eclips. The first solar eclipse of 2012 occurs in the central part of
constellation Taurus. The eclips starts at 22:30 UT and lasts two hours. An annular
eclipse, as a ring of fire, will be visible from a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide track that
traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States. A
partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, that
includes much of Asia, the Pacific and the western 2/3 of North America. The annularity
starts at 23:30 UT and lasts only five minutes. Source: NASA Eclips Web Site
with more details.
2012, Jun 04: Partial Lunar
Eclipse. The Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a partial
lunar eclipse visible across the Pacific from China to the United States. At 3:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time, not long before sunrise on Monday, June 4th, the Moon passes
directly behind our planet. A broad stretch of lunar terrain around the southern crater
Tycho will fall under the shadow of Earth, producing the first lunar eclipse of 2012. At
maximum eclipse, around 4:04 am PDT, 37% of the Moon's surface will be in the dark. The
eclipse is visible in North and South America, Australia, eastern parts of Asia and all
across the Pacific Ocean. On the Atlantic side of the United States, the eclipse occurs
just as the Moon is setting in the west. Right you see a strawberry moon eclipse (June
2010). Source: NASA Science News. Visit NASA
Eclipse Web Site for the Universal Times for this eclipse and for more information.
Nov 13: Total Solar Eclipse. The second solar eclipse of 2012 is not visible in
the most parts of our world. You can look at webcams from countries around the southern
part of the Pacific Ocean. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow crosses the South Pacific
Ocean where it makes no landfall except for northern Australia. The Moon's penumbral
shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering the South
Pacific (including Australia and New Zealand), southern South America, and a part of
Antarctica. Source: NASA Eclips Web Site
with more details.
2012, Nov 28 2012: Partly
Penumbral Moon eclipse. The eclipse is visible in large parts of North-America,
Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, included New Zealand. Not visible above South America,
the Atlantic Ocean and not or hardly in the Atlantic coastal areas, with
the cities such as New York and Amsterdam. A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when
the Moon passes through the Earths penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle darkening
of the Moon's surface. In this case the moon passes for 92% through the penumbra and
darkens the full moon, especially the northern side, that points to the very dark umbra.
For the naked eye is the start and the end of the darkening hardly to see, but the dark
shadow gliding over the northern side of the moon is good to observe in the middle of the
eclipse. The eclipse starts at 12:15 UT and ends 16:51 UT, with at 14:33 UT the greatest
eclipse. The dark shadow appears between 14:00 and 15:00 UT. Right you see the rare total
penumbral eclipse of January 1999. You see here the difference between the full moon
totally in the penumbra and totally outside. Source: NASA
Eclipse Web Site with more information.
Visit around these dates: Spaceweather.com
for observing tips, maps and links to live webcasts.
More details about the eclipses of 2013 come later.
The dates and types of
eclipses during 2013 are as follows.
Source: NASA Eclips Web Site.
Future solar eclipses
Eclipse Explorer from NASA.
Future moon eclipses
Overview earlier sun and moon eclipses from 2000 and
later on my web site.
eclipses | Future
solar eclipses on NASA lunar and solar eclips web site.
Interactive map of the
earth in sunlight or darkness.
The applet comes from the web site Brunch Boy Design.
See also: Sun, moon and earth
applet from Physics
Easter and whitsun.
Easter begins always on the first sunday after the first full moon in the spring and
whitsun on the sunday seven weeks later. Like in old times spring begins on 21 march. When
it is full moon and sunday on 21 march, then easter begins on the next sunday 28 march.
The rule just mentioned was made during the Council of Nicea in 325 AD to let the whole
christian church celebrate easter on the same day. Good friday is the friday before
easter and ascension day the thursday forty days after easter and ten days before whitsun.
For more about this, see the Internet
day is the second sunday in may and Father's
day in the United States and many other countries is the third sunday
is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada (CA) and on the fourth Thursday of
November in the United States (US).
Seasons, festive and memorial days.
|Name of the day
|New year's day
3 Kings day
Martin Luther King
Old year's day
31 March -1 April
More about the origin of festive and memorial days!
For the calculation of the floating
festive days for other years, go to my web page about Counters,
Clocks and calendar.
The author of the LunarPhase moon applet
above is G. Nugent. Download now Nugent's
LunarPhase Java applet for a web page or the computer program LunarPhase from the web site
of the Dublin Nightsky Observer.
You can find there more software for download.
Download also the shareware version of the
computer program Distant Suns.
More about outer space on this web site
Realm of the Nebulae | Journey through the universe
of the Sun | Stars, planets and
the Moon | Sun and
Binoculars and telescopes
| Space and time
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