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 1%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 19 August 2020 at 02:41 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 ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Harvest Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 14 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.

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 ∠1915" and ∠1896".

New lunation 254 / 1207

At 17:33 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 254 of Meeus index or lunation 1207 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.38 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes. It is 50 minutes longer 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 3 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠296.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠296.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠322.3°.

Moon before perigee

8 days since point of apogee on 9 August 2020 at 13:51 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 374 329 km

The Moon is 374 329 km (232 597 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 513 km (225 877 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 27 August 2020 at 11:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the last northern standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.152° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.219° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 August 2020 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini 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