Crescent ♏ Scorpio
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♎ Libra.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 18 October 2009 at 05:33 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1876" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2009 after 15 days on 2 November 2009 at 19:14.
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 05:33 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 121 of Meeus index or 1074 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 41 minutes. It is 3 hours and 7 minutes shorter 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 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠65.2°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠99.9°.
4 days after point of perigee on 13 October 2009 at 12:28 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 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 October 2009 at 23:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 382 137 km (237 449 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 168 km (251 138 mi).
6 days after descending node on 11 October 2009 at 23:01 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2009 at 08:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 9 October 2009 at 09:49 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.057°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.951° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 October 2009 at 12:10 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.