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

New Moon in Cancer

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

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 13 July 2018 at 02:48 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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Buck Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2018 after 15 days on 27 July 2018 at 20:20.

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 ∠1969" and ∠1887".

New lunation 228 / 1181

At 19:43 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 228 of Meeus index or lunation 1181 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.3 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2018. It is 5 minutes shorter 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 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 30 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠340.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠340.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠356°.

Moon before perigee

12 days since point of apogee on 30 June 2018 at 02:43 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 July 2018 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer.

Distance to Moon 364 004 km

The Moon is 364 004 km (226 182 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 432 km (222 098 mi).

Moon before ascending node

11 days after descending node on 30 June 2018 at 16:44 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 14 July 2018 at 02:50 in ♌ Leo.

Moon at northern standstill

At 12:01 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠20.761°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt southward to face maximum declination of ∠-20.755° at the point of next southern standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 25 July 2018 at 20:55.

Draconic month

25 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer 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