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Moon phase on 23 April 2020 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | April 2020

New Moon phase
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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 less than 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 23 April 2020 at 02:26 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1908".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2020 after 13 days on 7 May 2020 at 10:45.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 30 April 2020 at 20:38
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 7 May 2020 at 10:45
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 14 May 2020 at 14:03
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 22 May 2020 at 17:39

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 251 / 1204

At 02:26 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 251 of Meeus index or 1204 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.63 days

29 days, 15 hours and 13 minutes is the length of new lunation 251. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 252 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 34 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠201.8°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠201.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠229.8°. 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

2 days after point of apogee on 20 April 2020 at 19:01 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 May 2020 at 03:03 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 402 825 km

Moon is 402 825 km (250 304 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 656 km (223 480 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 13 April 2020 at 02:58 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 April 2020 at 17:54 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 13 April 2020 at 21:03 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.805°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.935° in the next northern standstill on 28 April 2020 at 15:23 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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