Crescent ♉ Taurus
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 15 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 19:29 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 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 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 55 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠27.6°.
Moon is at perigee at 04:14. It is 14 days after previous apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 357 828 km (222 344 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 680 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 528 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.382°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.447° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.