Crescent ♍ Virgo
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 21 August 2017 at 18:30 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 ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2017 after 15 days on 6 September 2017 at 07:03.
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 18:30 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 218 of Meeus index or 1171 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 42 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 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 25 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠49.5°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠79°.
2 days after point of perigee on 18 August 2017 at 13:14 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 August 2017 at 11:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 374 298 km (232 578 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 307 km (251 225 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 10:34 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 4 September 2017 at 18:41 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 10:34 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
3 days since the previous standstill on 18 August 2017 at 06:50 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.381°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.393° at the point of next southern standstill on 1 September 2017 at 02:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.