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Full Moon and New Moon Dates

Summiting on or soon after a full moon is very beautiful and helps illuminate the landscape without using headlamps. However, it is also very bright for sleeping and stars are not as visible.

To summit on a full moon, you will want to start a 6-day trek 4 days before the full moon (3 days before if doing a 5-day trek).

Full Moon

  2017 2018 2019 2020
JAN 12 2**/31 21** 10
FEB 11 -- 19** 9
MAR 12 2/31 21 9**
APR 11 30 19 8**
MAY 11 29 19 7
JUN 9 28 17 5
JUL 9 27*** 17* 5
AUG 7* 26 15 3
SEP 6 25 14 2
OCT 5 24 14 2/31
NOV 4 23 12 30
DEC 3** 22 12 30

NEW MOON (Kili under the stars)

  2017 2018 2019 2020
JAN 28 17 6 25
FEB 26 16 5 23
MAR 28 17 6 24
APR 26 16 5 23
MAY 25 15 5 22
JUN 24 13 3 21
JUL 23 13 2 20
AUG 21 11 1/30 19
SEP 20 9 28 17
OCT 19 9 28 16
NOV 18 7 26 15
DEC 18 7 26 14

Notes:

*Partial Lunar Eclipse (August 7, 2017 and July 17, 2019 (peak at 12:30 am))

**Super Full Moon (December 3, 2017; January 2, 2018; January 21, 2019; February 19, 2019; March 9, 2020; and April 8, 2020) (full moon at its perigee, or closest point of its orbit to Earth, where it will look bigger than normal)

***Total Lunar Eclipse (July 27, 2018)

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