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

New Moon in Gemini

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 24 May 2009 at 12:11 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 ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Strawberry Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2009 after 14 days on 7 June 2009 at 18:12.

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 ∠1946" and ∠1894".

New lunation 116 / 1069

At 12:11 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 116 of Meeus index or lunation 1069 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 24 minutes. It is 24 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 49 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠332.7°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠332.7° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠349.4°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 14 May 2009 at 02:57 in ♑ Capricorn 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 26 May 2009 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 368 316 km

The Moon is 368 316 km (228 861 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 155 km (224 411 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 15 May 2009 at 07:13 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 28 May 2009 at 10:19 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 11 May 2009 at 20:03 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-26.486° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠26.451° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 May 2009 at 16:56 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first 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