Crescent ♈ Aries
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 9 March 2016 at 01:54 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1932".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2016 after 14 days on 23 March 2016 at 12:01.
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 01:54 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 200 of Meeus index or 1153 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠339.5°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠355.6°.
11 days after point of apogee on 27 February 2016 at 03:28 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 March 2016 at 07:02 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 365 383 km (227 038 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 509 km (223 389 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♓ Pisces at 06:31 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 22 March 2016 at 12:59 in ♍ Virgo.
14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 3 March 2016 at 14:19 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.210°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.206° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 March 2016 at 05:01 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.