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

New Moon in Aries

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

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 29 March 2006 at 10:15 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 15 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

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 ∠1958" and ∠1922".

New lunation 77 / 1030

At 10:15 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 77 of Meeus index or lunation 1030 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2006. It is 13 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 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠19°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠19° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠38.4°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 366 170 km

The Moon is 366 170 km (227 527 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 551 km (251 998 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 03:31 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 12 April 2006 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 22 March 2006 at 16:53 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.725° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.715° at the point of next northern standstill on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 03:31 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

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