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Posted on 2010-09-14
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I'd like to modify this moon phase script to replace New Moon, Waxing Crescent Moon, Quarter Moon, Waxing Gibbous Moon, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous Moon, Last Quarter Moon and Waning Crescent Moon with an image to represent the current moon phase.

Example:
case 0:
            return 'images/newmoon.gif';
            break;

Thanks
<?php
function moon_phase($year, $month, $day)
{
	$c = $e = $jd = $b = 0;
	if ($month < 3)
	{
		$year--;
		$month += 12;
	}
	++$month;
	$c = 365.25 * $year;
	$e = 30.6 * $month;
	$jd = $c + $e + $day - 694039.09; //jd is total days elapsed
	$jd /= 29.5305882; //divide by the moon cycle
	$b = (int) $jd; //int(jd) -> b, take integer part of jd
	$jd -= $b; //subtract integer part to leave fractional part of original jd
	$b = round($jd * 8); //scale fraction from 0-8 and round
	if ($b >= 8 )
	{
		$b = 0;//0 and 8 are the same so turn 8 into 0
	}
	switch ($b)
	{
		case 0:
			return 'New Moon';
			break;
		case 1:
			return 'Waxing Crescent Moon';
			break;
		case 2:
			return 'Quarter Moon';
			break;
		case 3:
			return 'Waxing Gibbous Moon';
			break;
		case 4:
			return 'Full Moon';
			break;
		case 5:
			return 'Waning Gibbous Moon';
			break;
		case 6:
			return 'Last Quarter Moon';
			break;
		case 7:
			return 'Waning Crescent Moon';
			break;
		default:
		return 'Error';
	}
}
$timestamp = time();
echo moon_phase(date('Y', $timestamp), date('n', $timestamp), date('j', $timestamp));
?>

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your example is correct

 what is your issue?
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by:ronan1979
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then

<?php

$img_path = moon_phase(date('Y', $timestamp), date('n', $timestamp), date('j', $timestamp));
?>

<img src="<?php echo $img_path?>" />
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by:Michael
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The image does not appear, instead it returns copy that reads as:

images/newmoon.gif
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ronan1979 earned 50 total points
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insert the path in a html tag : <img src="img_path" />
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by:Michael
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Thanks for the help!!!
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