Current Moon Phase

Waning Crescent
2% of full

Farmers Almanac
The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Light or Dark of the Moon

Light or Dark of the Moon

When is the dark or light of the moon? You might assume that based on the name, the dark of the moon might be when the moon is giving out the least light, but actually the opposite is true.

The dark of the moon is when the moon is decreasing, getting darker or waning. The dark of the moon is the period before the new moon or from full moon to new moon.

During the dark of the moon, the moon rises late and does most of its shinning when we are in bed sleeping.

Light of the moon is when the moon in increasing or getting lighter, waxing. The light of the moon is after the new moon or between the new moon and full moon.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.