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

New Moon in Leo

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 6 August 2013 at 21:51 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Sturgeon Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2013 after 14 days on 21 August 2013 at 01:45.

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 ∠1784" and ∠1892".

New lunation 168 / 1121

At 21:51 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 168 of Meeus index or lunation 1121 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.57 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 45 minutes. It is 47 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 2 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠216.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠216.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠249.2°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 3 August 2013 at 08:53 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 August 2013 at 01:26 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 401 728 km

The Moon is 401 728 km (249 622 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 265 km (225 101 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 30 July 2013 at 05:50 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 13 August 2013 at 16:20 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the last northern standstill on 2 August 2013 at 09:24 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.025° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.906° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 August 2013 at 12:06 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

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