Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 18 November 2017 at 11:42 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2017 after 15 days on 3 December 2017 at 15:47.
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 11:42 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 221 of Meeus index or 1174 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. It is 59 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 6 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠147°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠173.3°.
12 days after point of perigee on 6 November 2017 at 00:09 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 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 November 2017 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is 401 519 km (249 492 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 132 km (252 359 mi).
7 days after ascending node on 10 November 2017 at 22:40 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 25 November 2017 at 08:22 in ♒ Aquarius.
7 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 8 November 2017 at 01:28 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.848°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-19.959° at the point of next southern standstill on 22 November 2017 at 02:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.