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

New Moon in Taurus

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 14 May 2010 at 01:04 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2010 after 13 days on 27 May 2010 at 23:07.

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 ∠1877" and ∠1898".

New lunation 128 / 1081

At 01:04 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 128 of Meeus index or lunation 1081 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.42 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes. It is 1 hour and 44 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 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 35 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠282.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠282.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠311.3°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 6 May 2010 at 21:53 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 20 May 2010 at 08:38 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 381 910 km

The Moon is 381 910 km (237 308 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 729 km (229 739 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after ascending node on 3 May 2010 at 12:35 in ♑ Capricorn 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 17 May 2010 at 15:39 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 1 May 2010 at 14:01 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.109° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠25.049° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 May 2010 at 23:07 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

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