Crescent ♊ Gemini
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 5 May 2008 at 12:18 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 14 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.
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 12:18 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 103 of Meeus index or 1056 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes. It is 8 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 29 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.4°.
12 days after point of apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 May 2008 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 364 206 km (226 307 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 772 km (222 309 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 12 May 2008 at 06:37 in ♌ Leo.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 24 April 2008 at 22:36 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.695°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.625° at the point of next northern standstill on 8 May 2008 at 01:51 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.