Moon Phases Calendar

Any night photographer worth his salt knows the current phase of the moon on any given day. When I started shooting back in the 1980s (yes, that long ago!) I subscribed to an annual publication of sun and moon charts calculated for my location. Once a year I got a printed chart in the mail. It worked great, but the rise and set times and azimuths were good only for that specific location and I couldn’t plan into the next year. Once I got a computer in the early 1990s, I bought a program that calculated the sun and moon info for any location and any date. It was clunky and not very intuitive, but it worked. Of course, with the explosion of the Internet, we have a wealth of information at our fingertips. And today, getting info about the sun and moon is as easy as turning on our smartphone.

I’m in the process of creating a database of night photography resources, with a section devoted to apps and websites that are useful for calculating phases, rise and set times, azimuths, and other useful data for the sun and moon. I’ll make the database available on the new Night Photography Resources page of my website. At present, I have only a moon phases calendar posted on the page, but it’s worth going there just for that.

Knowing the phase of the moon TODAY is certainly important for night photographers and it’s as easy as checking this blog daily, but if you want to plan ahead, there’s nothing comparable to seeing an entire month of moon phases at once. It’s like an aerial view, where you get the big picture at once. The calendar is interactive, so you can enter any month from 1930 to 2021 and choose between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Click the link below the Current Moon Phase box in the right column. I’ll be adding more photographic info about the moon to the page as time allows.

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