**HP Prime: Determining the Date For a Phase of Earth’s Moon**

**Introduction**

The program MOONDATE determines when a desired phase of Earth’s moon given month and year. The four phases of the moon available are:

New Moon (0.00)

1st Quarter (0.25)

Full Moon (0.50)

3rd Quarter (0.75)

The following equations are used:

Let y = year, m = month, t = type (see the above)

y’ = y + (m -1)/12

k = integer( (y – 2000) * 12.3685) + t/4

t = k/1236.85

J = 2451550.09765 + 29.530588853 * k + (1.337 * 10^-4) * t^2 – (1.5 * 10^-7) *t^3 + (7.3 * 10^-10) * t^4

J is the Julian Date and will need to be converted to the Gregorian Date. With the DATE+ function, the HP Prime makes this easy. Look to Dieter’s post on this thread for details, link: http://www.hpmuseum.org/forum/thread-12184.html?highlight=julian+date

Caution: This program is designed to work with all dates after January 1, 2000. If you choose any dates before, you may have to adjust the month

**HP Prime Program MOONDATE**

EXPORT MOONDATE()

BEGIN

// EWS 2019-02-19

LOCAL P,Y,K,M,T,l,c,s;

LOCAL J,D,N,R;

l:={“New”,”First Qtr”,”Full”,

“Third Qtr”};

INPUT(

{Y,

{M,{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12}}

,{c,l}},

“Moon Phase Date”,

{“Year: “,”Month:”,”Stage:”});

s:=(c-1)/4;

N:=M;

REPEAT

R:=Y+(N-1)/12;

K:=IP((R-2000)*12.3685)+s;

T:=K/1236.85;

J:=2451550.09765+29.530588853*K

+1.337ᴇ−4*T^2-1.5ᴇ−7*T^3

+7.3ᴇ−10*T^4;

J:=IP(J)-2451545;

D:=DATEADD(2000.0101,J);

N:=N+1;

UNTIL D≥(Y+M/100);

RETURN D;

END;

Note: You can use an alternate of 1/1/2000 (date code 2000.0101) with corresponding Julian Date 2451545.

**Example**:

January 2019:

New: 2019.0105 (1/5/2019)

1st Qtr: 2019.0113 (1/13/2019)

Full: 2019.0120 (1/20/2019)

3rd Qtr: 2019.0127 (1/27/2019)

Source:

Meeus, Jean. “Astronomical Algorithms” Willmann-Bell, Inc.: Richmond, VA 1991 ISBN 0-943396-35-2

Eddie

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