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

New Moon in Virgo

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 13 September 2015 at 06:41 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 ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Harvest Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2015 after 14 days on 28 September 2015 at 02:50.

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 ∠1769" and ∠1907".

New lunation 194 / 1147

At 06:41 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 194 of Meeus index or lunation 1147 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.73 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 24 minutes. It is 17 minutes shorter 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 4 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠169.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠169.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠192.9°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 30 August 2015 at 15:24 in ♓ Pisces the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 14 September 2015 at 11:28 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 405 213 km

The Moon is 405 213 km (251 788 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 466 km (252 566 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 31 August 2015 at 10:16 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following day until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 September 2015 at 04:38 in ♎ Libra.

Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the last northern standstill on 6 September 2015 at 17:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.163° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.134° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 September 2015 at 12:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♍ Virgo 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