New Moon
New MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

New Moon in Pisces

New Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 0%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 3 March 2003 at 02:35 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2003 after 15 days on 18 March 2003 at 10:34.

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.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1815" and ∠1936".

New lunation 38 / 991

At 10:48 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 38 of Meeus index or lunation 991 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.66 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 47 minutes. It is 57 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠90.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠90.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠127.8°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 19 February 2003 at 16:19 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 7 March 2003 at 16:34 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 394 867 km

The Moon is 394 867 km (245 359 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 383 km (251 893 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after descending node on 23 February 2003 at 15:47 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 March 2003 at 19:23 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the last southern standstill on 26 February 2003 at 05:53 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.015° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠26.158° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 March 2003 at 19:44 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

19 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov