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Moon phase on 16 February 2018 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | February 2018

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 15 February 2018 at 21:05 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1809" and ∠1942".

Worm Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 13 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 224 / 1177

At 21:05 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.67 days

29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes is the length of new lunation 224. It is 3 hours and 20 minutes longer than next lunation 225 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠227.1°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠227.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠262.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 396 256 km

Moon is 396 256 km (246 222 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 938 km (226 141 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 14 February 2018 at 21:11 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days after previous South standstill on 11 February 2018 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.026°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.056° in the next northern standstill on 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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