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

New Moon in Aries

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 28 March 2017 at 02:57 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Pink Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2017 after 13 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.

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 ∠1934" and ∠1922".

New lunation 213 / 1166

At 02:57 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 213 of Meeus index or lunation 1166 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠321.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠321.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.4°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 18 March 2017 at 17:25 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 370 673 km

The Moon is 370 673 km (230 326 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 855 km (226 089 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

7 days since the last southern standstill on 21 March 2017 at 05:22 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.912° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.984° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 April 2017 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

17 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