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

New Moon in Scorpio

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 23 November 2003 at 22:59 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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2003 after 15 days on 8 December 2003 at 20:37.

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 ∠1972" and ∠1943".

New lunation 48 / 1001

At 22:59 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 48 of Meeus index or lunation 1001 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 44 minutes. It is 38 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 9 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠359.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠359.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠15.5°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 23:14 about 13 days since last apogee on 10 November 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 14 days until point of next apogee on 7 December 2003 at 12:05 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 356 812 km

This perigee Moon is 356 812 km (221 713 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2003. It is 5 696 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 387 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 06:02 crossing the ecliptic from North to South. Lunar position remains south of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next ascending node later on 6 December 2003 at 16:00 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 13 November 2003 at 10:16 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.105° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.092° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 November 2003 at 09:16 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

14 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