Crescent ♊ Gemini
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 18 May 2015 at 04:13 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1902" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 15 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.
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 04:13 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 190 of Meeus index or 1143 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 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 2 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠48.8°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠78.1°.
3 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 May 2015 at 22:12 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 376 893 km (234 190 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 246 km (251 187 mi).
3 days after descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 28 May 2015 at 14:40 in ♎ Libra.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.343°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠18.389° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 May 2015 at 09:41 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.