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

New Moon in Virgo

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 18 September 2009 at 18:44 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Hunter Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2009 after 15 days on 4 October 2009 at 06:10.

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 ∠1931" and ∠1910".

New lunation 120 / 1073

At 18:44 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 120 of Meeus index or lunation 1073 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 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 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠39.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠39.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠65.2°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 16 September 2009 at 07:55 in ♌ Leo the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 September 2009 at 03:33 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 371 173 km

The Moon is 371 173 km (230 636 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 432 km (251 302 mi).

Moon after descending node

3 days after descending node on 14 September 2009 at 20:56 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 28 September 2009 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 12 September 2009 at 04:36 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.289° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.188° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 September 2009 at 04:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

17 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