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Moon phase on 16 October 2020 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | October 2020

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 ♎ Libra.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 16 October 2020 at 19:31 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1925".

Hunter Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 15 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.

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 257 / 1210

At 19:31 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 257 of Meeus index or 1210 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.4 days

29 days, 9 hours and 36 minutes is the length of new lunation 257. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes shorter than next lunation 258 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠357°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠357°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠12.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 23:46, this is 13 days after last apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 30 October 2020 at 18:46 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 356 913 km

This perigee Moon is 356 913 km (221 775 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 595 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 443 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

8 days after its ascending node on 8 October 2020 at 00:29 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 9 October 2020 at 13:07 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.613°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.708° in the next southern standstill on 22 October 2020 at 02:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

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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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