Crescent ♊ Gemini
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 23 May 2001 at 02:46 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1900" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2001 after 13 days on 6 June 2001 at 01:39.
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.
At 02:46 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 17 of Meeus index or 970 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes. It is 1 hour and 25 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠299.7°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠324.1°.
8 days after point of apogee on 15 May 2001 at 01:29 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 May 2001 at 07:07 in ♌ Leo.
The Moon is 377 159 km (234 356 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 036 km (228 687 mi).
12 days after descending node on 11 May 2001 at 11:02 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 May 2001 at 13:51 in ♊ Gemini.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 11 May 2001 at 20:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.329°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.388° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 May 2001 at 23:03 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.