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

New Moon in Sagittarius

New Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 1%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 16 November 2009 at 19:14 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 14 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30.

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 ∠1821" and ∠1941".

New lunation 122 / 1075

At 19:14 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 122 of Meeus index or lunation 1075 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠99.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠99.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠135.6°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 7 November 2009 at 07:30 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 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 November 2009 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 393 530 km

The Moon is 393 530 km (244 528 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 736 km (251 491 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 7 November 2009 at 23:25 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 November 2009 at 11:34 in ♑ Capricorn.

Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the last northern standstill on 5 November 2009 at 15:31 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.856° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-25.795° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 November 2009 at 19:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

23 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