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Moon phase on 20 April 2023 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | April 2023

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 less than 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 20 April 2023 at 04:12 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 is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1884" and ∠1910".

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 15 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 27 April 2023 at 21:20
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 5 May 2023 at 17:34
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 12 May 2023 at 14:28
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 19 May 2023 at 15:53

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 288 / 1241

At 04:12 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 288 of Meeus index or 1241 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.49 days

29 days, 11 hours and 41 minutes is the length of new lunation 288. It is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 289 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 3 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 6 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠59.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠59.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠92.6°. 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

4 days after point of perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 380 468 km

Moon is 380 468 km (236 412 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 300 km (251 220 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 11:32 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 4 May 2023 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra.

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New draconic month

At 11:32 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.947°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.957° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 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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