2020 Solar Eclipses
J McCaul, June 21, 2020
The Summer Solstice is followed by the Solar Eclipse today. The Annular (Ring of Fire) eclipse was observable in parts of Africa, over India and China.
The December 14 solar eclipse is a total eclipse that can be observed from Chile and Argentina.
As for lunar eclipses, there was a penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5, 2020 (was not strong enough to really be observed), with another penumbral lunar eclipse on July 4/5, 2020. The last lunar eclipse of 2020 will also be a penumbral on November 30.
Year 2019 Ends with Solar Eclipse
J McCaul, December 1, 2019
The last new moon of 2019 will be a Solar Eclipse just north of the Indian Sea. On December 26, there will be an annular (ring of fire) eclipse. The eclipse will commence over Saudi Arabia and the last country to be able to observe it will be Guam as the eclipse swings over the Pacific Ocean.
All calendars, scripts and databases have been updated for the year 2020. You won't have access to most of them until January 1, 2020 0:00:01 UTC. People in the Americas will be able to access the updated pages on December 31, later on the day, depending on where they live.
Switching the Site back to SSL
J McCaul, May 20, 2019
It has been a year since having to move the Moon Tracks site to the new server, new web host, et al. When that happened, I needed to rewrite some of the database scripts to work with the new system. Because of all the time invested at the time, I chose to revert from the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) [https:] pages to the non-secure [http:] partly because the site does not have a need for SSL in order to function effectively.
Some of your bookmarked pages may need to be updated after the switch to SSL. The only reason for the change is for Search Engine Optimization purposes since we don't store your data or do any e-commerce on the site.
Thank you for your patience as we transition to the SSL pages.
Calculations for Time Zones
J McCaul, February 5, 2019
Happy Lunar New Moon! With this new moon new year comes a new page on Moon Tracks. For years now, we have navigated through hundreds of emails about time zone calculations. In an effort to respond to most of these types of questions that will undoubtedly be emailed in the future, we compiled a page with resources to assist with the complex task of adjusting for time.
The Time Zones page will hopefully, bring some clarity to how to adjust GMT/UTC times to reflect the event in your time zone.
The Time Zones page will not provide much assistance regarding the calendars that use PST. The PST pages are literally designed for me and my personal usage. I share them with you because they are also very popular and useful resources for a lot of people. There are other resources on the site that do adjust and calculate the same information based on time zones.
The Time Zones link has been added to the menu under Etcetera in the left hand column.
J McCaul, January 1, 2019
I know you are upset about the changes.
There were three pages impacted by the loss of one of our lunar data resources. I know you want things back the way they were. I can't guarantee that I can accomplish that.
I started rewriting the scripts that pull in the information based on the new resource last summer. Add insult to injury, I started experiencing health problems. I contemplated pulling the pages off the site, all together. But they are really popular pages that a lot of you depend on.
The rewrites are complete, and some of you are upset with the new layouts.
First of all, I am sorry. I comprehend that you liked the old formats. If I can find a way to restore the original formats on the pages, I will. No excuses here. Just the fact that I have attempted to salvage the pages to the best of my ability and that I have not been able to do a better job during the transition. For that, I am truly sorry!
Happy New Year 2019
J McCaul, December 30, 2018
We made it through the rest of the year without any more server hiccups. Yay!
If you notice any pages that are not functioning or were not updated, please let us know. Read the contact page to learn how to contact us. If you do not use the correct setup in emailing us, we may never receive your message.
When contacting us, be sure to include the URL address, and not just the name of the page. Several pages have similar names. The URL let's us know exactly which page is not working.
One of the pages is now pulling data from a different server, causing us to change the layout, and we are working to realign the format so that it is better for viewing. For now, please bear with us as we work on the layout until we can get it right.
On that note, we wish everyone a great 2019!
J McCaul, May 21, 2018
Well, we're back! If you encounter an insecure error it is because we no longer have the SSL Certificate but the site does not have anything malicious on it, but some browsers may think that it does. Keep Reading to Learn More!
A hiccup with the webhosting service that we were on messed with the DNS resolution and then the Techs who were probably swamped with a huge volume of customers needing help at the same time....
In the process, we learned that the webhosting company had been acquired by a large organization that basically runs their acquisitions into the ground.
We picked up, lock, stock and barrel. and moved to a new webhosting service that is NOT owned by the EIG brand. Will leave it at that.
The https is not currently working. We need to purchase a new SSL Certificate as we had to abandon it with the previous service.
We hope to have the SSL back up within the next two weeks.
You are always welcome to check on our status with our facebook page moon.tracks.time
Thank you for your patience.
ALERT! - Recent Server Updates
J McCaul, May 4, 2018
Please be aware that today our server was upgraded. With this upgrade, we have noticed that we will also need to make some minor coding changes to adapt to the new software behind the scenes. If you encounter a page error, please send to us the URL of the page that you are having issues with and please explain what the error is. This link is our contact page. Thank you for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.
The 2018 Calendars Are Ready
J McCaul, December 23, 2017
The calendar scripts for 2018 are set to jump into action on January 1st. However, we have come between a rock and a hard space with bandwidth and available funding. In October and November, we came extremely close to going over the current bandwidth allotment that we can afford. More and more people are using our calendars and our resources every month, but we are not making enough with our ads to support the payment for extra bandwidth. If we can put together $120 before the end of the year, we can pay to double the bandwidth for the year.
You did it! We received $120 in contributions. THANK YOU so much. We will be able to double the bandwidth for the year. We can pay for the rest of the year with the funding we received from the ads. Our hosting package renewal is due on December 28.
We thank each and every one of you who helped us to achieve this goal. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Daily Transits Graphs
J McCaul, November 7, 2017
The format of the Daily Transits Graph will be changing effective 2018. The previous format of bi-weekly will now change over to twice per month. This will make the development of the images/graphs easier. If you notice any errors in output, please take a screenshot of the error on the page and email it to us via the contact page. We have done our best to beta test, but there is always the potential for errors after we roll it out.
Upgrades and Updates 2018
J McCaul, October 5, 2017
The webpages have been upgraded to SSL. Any information input posted on a page to change output, is now encrypted. Even though we never ask for personal information on our site, we want to ensure that you are protected to the best of our ability.
The calendar information is being updated for 2018 and the daily activities pages are being re-scripted to speed up the information/page load. If you notice errors, you can access our email address on the contact page. Remember to include the phrase - moontracks - in the subject line of the email.
Moving within the Eclipses
J McCaul, February 19, 2017
If you are seeing this particular message, that means that you are visiting us on the new server. This transition should be more smooth than last year's crash and burn of a server collapse. If you encounter any problems on the pages, email us (via contact page) to tell us which URL is not working, what is not working, and if there is an error message, what the message is. This new server should provide more bandwidth at less expense.
Last week was the lunar eclipse and this week is the solar eclipse. A great indicator of change, and we are taking advantage while we can. Thanks for your support and patience!
New Year is Going Over the Limit
J McCaul, February 1, 2017
We hope that your New Year is everything that you had hoped for. For the most part, the site pages have transitioned well. Where we are experiencing the most problem is that the site is being attacked by Spam Bots that eat up our bandwidth. We can't afford to keep enlarging our bandwidth limits. We have blocked as many IPs from these bots, as possible, without slowing down the site.
Since most people block the ads on our site, we don't earn enough ad money to be able to afford more bandwidth. As long as these spam bots are eating up our bandwidth, at the end of the month there may be months where we run out of bandwidth and it will close down the site until the beginning of the next month.
Our apologies for the inconvenience!
Thank you all for your patience!
J McCaul, April 2, 2016
The pages are finalized and the DNS seems to finally be fixed and resolved. The Web Service ITs were struggling to figure out what was wrong, but I think we finally have it all on track. There should no longer be a need to use the IP address access to the site. If you are having issues, still, please let us know through our facebook page. Thanks!
Moon Tracks is ALMOST all Back!
J McCaul, February 20, 2016
The pages are 95% done. While the DNS to moontracks.com is still not totally resolved for a lot of people. I am removing the IP address since it should no longer be needed. Just a WARNING for people coming in on the IP instead of the .com address is that some of the inner links tap to the moontrack.com URL so some pages will not always open for next month, etc.
If you need to get a hold of me, use my facebook account for now.
Thank you so much for your patience while we struggled to get back online.
Our Apologies for the Massive Meltdown
J McCaul, February 16, 2016
We rent a server that apparently had a major critical failure. All backups were lost in the process. We are rebuilding from an older backup. Unfortunately, this will take us time to rebuild our databases, calendars and all our pages. In all honesty, we noted that there were issues with weird problems popping up as Mercury moved into the first shadow of the recent retrograde (approximately December 20, 2015) and we are finally on the mend now that Mercury has moved past the second shadow phase (February 15, 2016).
As the calendars and pages are completed we will post the links to them again. Thank you for your patience.
Happy 2016 New Year!
J McCaul, January 1, 2016
I believe that we have caught all the calendars and appropriately updated them. This is a huge undertaking each year. We occasionally miss a page or two. If you find a page that needs to be fixed, please let us know through our contact page.
The free calendars are a labor of love for all to enjoy. Remember, these are based on Tropical Geocentric, and not to be confused with other forms of astrological theories or concepts. The majority of these calendars are focued on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) but a few are established for Pacific Standard Time and it will indicate PST on the calendar page.
Happy New Year to all. It looks to be a great year coming up!
2016 Updates are being Added Now
J McCaul, Dec 8, 2015
We are in the process of adding the updates for the calendars for 2016. We hope to have them all done by the New Year. If the new year has already started and you discover that a calendar has not yet been updated, feel free to let us know via our contact option. Thank you for your patience.
Solar Eclipses of 2015
J McCaul, Mar 1, 2015
There are two Solar Eclipses. The first eclipse is total but the second one is partial. There are also two Lunar Eclipses, and both them are Total.
Solar eclipses are less condusive to viewing. A person must be in the right area at the right time and the sky must be clear. Also, special devices must to used to protect vision. Lunar Eclipse is more visibility friendly. If the eclipse occurs in your region, the sky is clear and it is dark, you can see it. No special equipment is necessary.
The map below shows the path of the two solar eclipses this year.
- Solar - March 20, Saros 120
- Lunar - April 4, Saros 132
- Solar - September 13, Saros 125
- Lunar - September 28, Saros 137
J McCaul Dec 22, 2013
We recently received this email (sanitized and with spelling Englishized) asking us to *explain* ourselves. Geez. We do hope that this individual also contacted the other sites to ask the same question.
"Auspicious team of moontrack.com, It is to complain that your web site predicts that Mercury shall enter in Sagittarius on 5th December 2013. However, other web sites predict that Mercury shall enter in Sagittarius on 20th December 2013. There might be some other contradictions as well. I have been visiting your web site regularly, but today I saw other web sites and I was confused. Please tell me where the root of this contradiction lies. For your convenience I am posting some links that contradict moontrack.com's transitions timing."
First things first. Moontracks uses Western based theory, also known as Geocentric Tropical Astrology. The sites that the querent referred us to are Geocentric Sidereal Astrology based. The astrology referred to were Vedic, Hindu, Jyotish, also known as Indian (i.e. from India) based theory.
There are plenty of other forms of astrology just to confuse the point. Chinese and Meso-American forms are just two of the many that don't use Sidereal or Tropical zodiac. Some other forms of astrology that use Tropical are Islamic, Hellenistic, Medieval and Tibetan.
All of the forms described above are geocentric (earth based). Just to add in some more confusion is the Heliocentric forms of astrology which are "Sun" centered.
Nutshell is, that not all astrology sites are alike and some will have different ingress dates based on the type of computations being used. If you have a question about which theory is being used, then ask, politely. Moontracks will continue to utilize Tropical. If our calculations are wrong based on the Tropical Ephemeris, then we will gladly accept the inquiry and fix the error if it is blatant.
Wikipedia Sidereal and Tropical
Moon Phases North and South
J McCaul Aug 18, 2013
The view of the moon changes once we cross over the earth's equator. The angle changes along with the directions of the waxing and waning. The majority of the moon phase images on Moon Tracks are driven by the north of the equator perspective. The waxing crescent starts from (our) right and waning completes to (our) left. South of the equator, that is reversed with the wax starting on the left and wane ends on the right.
The two images of the moon phases, side by side, gives us a better understanding of how the same moon phases are viewed from the north and south hemispheres.
A new southern hemisphere moon phase calendar has been added to Moon Tracks.
Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse
J McCaul Mar 22, 2013
The first of two solar eclipses in 2013 will be on May 9th/10th in the southern hemisphere near Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and over the South Pacific. The eclipse will be annular, meaning that this will be like a total eclipse but with a ring of light peeking out around the moon.
Approximately two weeks before the solar eclipse will be the lunar eclipse over the eastern hemisphere on April 25, 2013. This eclipse will be a penumbral, meaning that it may not be too visible since it will be short and partial.
Solar Eclipse Path - November 13, 2012
J McCaul October 14, 2012
The last solar eclipse of 2012 is a total eclipse. The view-ability will be limited due to the location over the south pacific ocean. This eclipse belongs to the saros series 133. Check out the time for your area, even if you don't get the chance to see it.
First Lunar Eclipse 2012 in June
J McCaul May 28, 2012
The first lunar eclipse for 2012, June 4, is a partial eclipse of lunar saros series 140. Although some areas of the United States will get to experience, the majority of the eclipse will occur over the Pacific Ocean. The southwestern section of Alaska and all of Hawaii will get to view the partial lunar eclipse without any sunlight competition.
Most of Australia will get to view the eclipse as the moon rises (between 6 - 10 pm depending on location) while all of the west coast in the United States should be able to see a good portion of the partial eclipse as the moon is setting between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m. PDT on the west coast (between 4 and 6 a.m. MDT).
Annular Eclipse Class Act
J McCaul May 20, 2012
The Annular Solar Eclipse of May 20/21, 2012 was spectacular. Many of those living on the West Coast of USA got the pleasure of watching the eclipse unfold. Many photos are posted via slooh.com and I believe there are a few youtube.com videos as well. If you didn't get the chance to watch it yourself, treat yourself to the great photography around the internet.
Venus' Wild Drive into Retrograde Motion
April 22, 2012
Now that Mars has finished up the retrograde motion in Virgo, we can start preparing for Venus to begin the retrograde motion in Gemini. Both signs are ruled by Mercury, so Mercury will again play a strong role in the Venus retrograde. Another interesting fact is that as soon as Venus ingressed Gemini on April 3, the planet also began an Out of Bounds transit that will last for two months.
Venus will start the retrograde motion transit on May 15 and transit in retrograde until June 27. Venus will leave Gemini on August 7. This makes for a very long Venus visit this year. The last time that Venus was retrograde motioning in Gemini was May 16 - June 29, 2004.
Mars in Retrograde Motion
January 23, 2012
Tomorrow, the retrograde transit of Mars will begin in the sign of Virgo. This is not all bad, you know! There are some real perks to the Mars transiting backward through Virgo. Did you know that there are a slew of well known athletes born with the Retrograde Mars in Virgo? Who woulda thought of that? Read the article posted at JAstrology Blogspot to learn more about this one.
If you just want to keep track on the dates/times of the retrograde or the transit of Mars, Moon Tracks has a page for that in our Planet Ingress section. Mars Transit Information
Incorporating the Theme
January 7, 2012 by J McCaul
You just might notice a change in some of your favorite pages. I spent this first week of January upgrading and redesigning some of the pages that originated at Lunar Living Astrology to fit better with the Moon Tracks Web theme. I left the basic calendars alone since those are easier to read as is. However, the following pages have been revamped:
- Monthly Ephemerides
- Monthly Moon Phase Calendar 2000-2015
- Daily Activities by the Moon
- Power Days
- Daily Transits Graph
On some of these, the page URL has changed. If you have bookmarks for any of these pages, you might want to update that bookmark. The information is still the same, just the presentation and format have been changed to correspond with the page layouts.
January 1, 2012 by J McCaul
I've worked really hard to get all the calendars updated for the new year. If you notice that I've missed something, please feel free to let me know what page is having an issue (URL) and what you are noticing. Click on the "contact" link in the menu to the left of the page.
It seems like more and more people are becoming interested in the transits through the declinations. I've added three pages devoted to providing this information to you in a format that you can look forward to see what's coming.
I've sorted out the planets based on their speed of transit through the declinations. The Moon has it's own page for obvious reasons. It zips through the declinations. The personal planets through to Jupiter move quickly, but not at warp speed, so they get a separate page. Then the Outer Planets, along with Saturn, has their own page.
Each page will display a small graph at the bottom of the page for the month that you are viewing of those planets for the extra visual of the information.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
The Daily Energies/Transits
December 12 by J McCaul
The bi-weekly transits graph and aspect list has been updated to remove 2008 - 2009 but added 2012 and 2013. The page gives a great visual of what to expect from the transits in the present and future. Sometimes, it is nice to look back as well, so I try to keep a couple of years in there for the retrospect. The list also includes Moon ingresses, planetary retrograde and direct stations, as well as all the major aspects. Select a date and check it out. Daily Transits
Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven . . .
September 2, 2011 by J McCaul
Everyone loves a countdown. Plus, almost everyone is curious when the next retrograde will begin (and end). To answer these questions, I created some scripts that will help you keep track of the next retrograde motion for the major planets. If the planet is already retrograde, the countdown will shift to the amount of time left to the end of the retrograde. The countdown will show years, months and days until there is less than a month. Then the countdown will show days, hours and minutes.
Enjoy all the retrograde countdowns!
Networks to the Moon
August 22, 2011 by J McCaul
I'm making it easier for you to bookmark Moon Tracks pages with some of my favorite social networking groups.
- Google +1
These are sites and activities that I frequent and hope that you enjoy them too.
Mercury Retrograde with a Helio Twist
August 2, 2011 by J McCaul
Check out the JAstrology Blogspot article about the current Mercury Retrograde. There's a bit of a different perspective by adding in a twist of the Heliocentric Mercury perspective. Hoping you enjoy the read.
Moon Widget Update
July 28, 2011 by J McCaul
For the past year, I have included on my main Moon Tracks page a "Moon Phase" Widget that a person had developed in Java. While I liked the appearance of the widget, I generally don't like Java applets on the Internet. So, I took a few days this month to write my own moon phase widget that I have more control over the information presented and there are no ads that cover the face of the widget. Enjoy :)
What the Heck is Void of Course?
July 18, 2011 by J McCaul
From time to time, the Lunar Void of Course becomes the topic of confusion. The Moon's transit during a Void of Course period refers to a period of confused emotions, in a nutshell. Some astrologers use different calculations to define periods of Void of Course. So, be certain to read how the Void of Course Moon was calculated to ensure that the dates and times match up with your particular needs. The Void of Course Table is now time zone adjustable and includes only a two-month period; the current month and next month. The Void of Course calendar will remain online to allow for current, past and future research. The various information available on the new Void of Course page is as follows:
Feel free to explore the new Void of Course Moon table to see if it can benefit you in your daily life and schedules.
Happy New Year 2011
January 2, 2011 by J McCaul
The New Year and New Calendars are here. You might also want to check out the Transiting Ingress section under the Planet Calendars menu. The Moon's Ingress charts have also been added.
The Solar Eclipse sets the stage for 2011 with plenty of activity to follow:
- January 4 - Solar Eclipse / Capricorn
- January 7 - Venus ingress Sagittarius
- January 13 - Mercury ingress Capricorn
- January 15 - Mars ingress Aquarius
- January 19 - Full Moon / Cancer
- January 20 - Sun ingress Aquarius
- January 22 - Jupiter ingress Aries
- January 26 - Saturn Retrograde / Libra
Take a moment to explore all the information that Moon Tracks has to offer.
Webpage Changes Implemented
November 26, 2010 by J McCaul
The site is getting some upgrades to help protect from bandwidth theft. Moon Tracks' hit numbers keep rising expoentially from month to month partly due to people who want to share Moon Tracks' information by doing a copy and paste onto their websites. I love the fact that you love the information! But taking the information without letting everyone know where you got it from is not so nice.
Because of the recently discovered number of websites taking Moon Tracks' information, lock, stock and barrel as their own website information, a few security precautions have been implemented. As a result of this security feature, if you notice a "Please Don't Steal" image popping out all over Moon Tracks while actually visiting Moon Tracks it is because you have either come to this site without the proper URL confirmation or your browser is blocking the URL referer while accessing the site. If you want access to the graphics while visiting Moon Tracks, you will need to allow your browser to properly access the moontracks.com URL. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this change causes you during your visit to my calendar site.
The basic courtesy for using someone else's information online is:
- Acknowledge the originating site with a link back to Moon Tracks
- Give credit where credit is due
- Ask for permission first before using
- Don't hotlink the images without authorization
Out of Bounds Skip for Mercury and Mars 2010
November 5, 2010 by J McCaul
Alert - Alert - Alert!
The transits of Mercury and Mars will bring a different level of intensity with their transits this month and next.
For a visual chart on the transits, click on the Declinations option under the Ephemerides in the menu. To read more about the influence, check out our blog.
Significant Planetary Alignment
August 1, 2010 by J McCaul
I wanted to alert the readers here about an important planetary aspect that could affect your lives between August 5 and 7th 2010. The Grand Cross in the signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn has the potential of spreading fear and, at the very least, creating an extremely unsettling outcome. Read about the Grand Cross (aka Grand Square) at JAstrology Below is the list of planets in the Grand Cross.
Has the Moon Settled over your Home?
June 26, 2010 by J McCaul
Over the past couple of months, I have been adding Moon Activities at the Moon Tracks Astrology Blog. These pieces can be used in conjunction with the Daily Activities Guide that is updated each month on this site. Check out the latest articles:
Finding the best dates to accomplish anything can be difficult. But if you let astrology be your guide, you are likely to find more success with the activities you initiate.
Moon Tracks is a Twitter
May 22, 2010 by J McCaul
Moon Tracks Calendars is now signed up for Twitter. Join us there to get update information as it occurs. Thanks and be well.
Time Zone Adjustable Calendars
May 16, 2010 by J McCaul
The two major moon events, Full Moon and New Moon Calendars along with the Lunar/Solar Eclipses have a feature that allows guests to change time zones so that the times of the events are correctly reflected for your area.
The default setting on these specific calendars (tables) is GMT (or UT). The main time zones for the United States are Eastern -5 hours (-4 EDST), Central -6 (-5 CDST), Mountain -7 (-6 MDST) and Pacific -8 (-7 PDST). The plus (+) is used for the eastern hemisphere, including Africa, Europe and Asia, while the minus (-) is for the western hemisphere, including Greenland and the Americas. The regions that add a half-hour (30 minutes) to their time zones are not incorporated into calendars.
Ingress and Retrograde Tables
May 1, 2010 by J McCaul
The newest feature (tool) that has been added to the site is the series of tables listing planets, dates, times, signs, with ingress or retrograde activity. These tables work well with the basic calendars that are also located on this site for those particular events.
Read more about the tables here:
Bookmarks and URLs
April 24, 2010 by J McCaul
If you were redirected here from a Lunar Living Calendar, please update your calendar bookmarks for speedier access to your favorite calendar. Also, feel free to share the new site's URL with other potential users. Moon Tracks is a great resource for all astrology forums and discussion boards. If you enjoy the Moon Tracks Calendars, don't hesitate to share our URL with others online.
Thanks and Be well.
The Move is Completed
April 20, 2010 by J McCaul
All of the calendars from Lunar Living have moved to Moon Tracks. The calendars have been removed and redirected to here. In time, the Lunar Living headers will be removed/replaced from the current calendars, although, the older calendars will still have the Lunar Living banners.
Over the past 10 years, Lunar Living's web site had become loaded with too many features and articles. With so much information to share, many individuals were frustrated trying to find the right calendar for their needs. Now, with Moon Tracks Calendars, the frustration and confusion has been eliminated with the easy to find menu
The goal with Moon Tracks is to divest the calendars from Lunar Living to help you find your favorite calendars quicker and easier. The basic layout is as follows:
- Lunar (Moon) Astrology Calendars
- General Astrology Charts & Calendars
- Monthly Ephemeris & Declinations
The astrology calendar move is now complete. If you find problems or issues on the site, feel free to click on the contact link to get access to the site's email address.