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Moon phase on 21 March 2023 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | March 2023

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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 1 day young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 21 March 2023 at 17:23 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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1938" and ∠1926".

Pink Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2023 after 15 days on 6 April 2023 at 04:35.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 29 March 2023 at 02:32
  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 6 April 2023 at 04:35
  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 13 April 2023 at 09:11
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 20 April 2023 at 04:12

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 287 / 1240

At 17:23 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.45 days

29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes is the length of new lunation 287. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 288 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠34.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠34.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠59.2°. 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 19 March 2023 at 15:16 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 369 885 km

Moon is 369 885 km (229 836 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 921 km (251 606 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 11 March 2023 at 08:53 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 March 2023 at 02:08 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

5 days after previous South standstill on 15 March 2023 at 21:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.831°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.898° in the next northern standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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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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