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 less than 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 22 October 2006 at 05:14 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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Beaver Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2006 after 14 days on 5 November 2006 at 12:58.

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 ∠1783" and ∠1928".

New lunation 84 / 1037

At 05:14 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 84 of Meeus index or lunation 1037 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.71 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠207.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠207.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠238.7°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 19 October 2006 at 09:35 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 November 2006 at 23:50 in ♈ Aries.

Distance to Moon 401 979 km

The Moon is 401 979 km (249 778 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 598 km (224 065 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 19 October 2006 at 09:34 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 2 November 2006 at 06:55 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the last northern standstill on 12 October 2006 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.678° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.595° at the point of next southern standstill on 27 October 2006 at 02:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

16 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces 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