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

New Moon in Leo

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 23 July 2017 at 09:46 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 is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Sturgeon Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2017 after 15 days on 7 August 2017 at 18:11.

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 ∠1944" and ∠1889".

New lunation 217 / 1170

At 09:46 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 217 of Meeus index or lunation 1170 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.36 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠27.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠27.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠49.5°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 21 July 2017 at 17:09 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 August 2017 at 17:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 368 700 km

The Moon is 368 700 km (229 100 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 026 km (251 671 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 12 July 2017 at 05:17 in ♒ Aquarius 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 25 July 2017 at 00:46 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon after northern standstill

1 day since the last northern standstill on 21 July 2017 at 22:11 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.413° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.393° at the point of next southern standstill on 4 August 2017 at 18:17 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo 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