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

New Moon in Leo

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 July 2009 at 02:35 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Sturgeon Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2009 after 14 days on 6 August 2009 at 00:55.

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 ∠1970" and ∠1889".

New lunation 118 / 1071

At 02:35 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 118 of Meeus index or lunation 1071 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.31 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 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 5 hours and 17 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 52 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠4.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠4.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠20.3°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 21 July 2009 at 20:16 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 August 2009 at 00:42 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 363 795 km

The Moon is 363 795 km (226 052 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 027 km (252 293 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 03:47 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 4 August 2009 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 19 July 2009 at 13:01 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.477° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.478° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 August 2009 at 13:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♑ Capricorn 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