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

New Moon in Libra

New Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 0%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 19 October 2017 at 19:12 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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Beaver Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2017 after 15 days on 4 November 2017 at 05:23.

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 ∠1825" and ∠1927".

New lunation 220 / 1173

At 19:12 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 220 of Meeus index or lunation 1173 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.69 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 46 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 17 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠114.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠114.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠147°.

Moon before apogee

10 days since point of perigee on 9 October 2017 at 05:51 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 5 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 October 2017 at 02:25 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 392 660 km

The Moon is 392 660 km (243 988 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 151 km (251 749 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 14 October 2017 at 22:10 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 29 October 2017 at 06:41 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the last northern standstill on 11 October 2017 at 18:21 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.616° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.741° at the point of next southern standstill on 25 October 2017 at 18:13 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first 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