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

New Moon in Pisces

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 11 March 2013 at 19:51 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 ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Worm Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2013 after 15 days on 27 March 2013 at 09:27.

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 ∠1931".

New lunation 163 / 1116

At 19:51 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 163 of Meeus index or lunation 1116 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 9 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 1 hour longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 3 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠73.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠73.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠110.3°.

Moon after perigee

5 days since point of perigee on 5 March 2013 at 23:20 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 19 March 2013 at 03:13 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 381 972 km

The Moon is 381 972 km (237 346 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 262 km (251 197 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 3 March 2013 at 02:30 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 16 March 2013 at 06:15 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the last southern standstill on 5 March 2013 at 06:41 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.453° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.335° at the point of next northern standstill on 18 March 2013 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio 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