Crescent ♍ Virgo
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 16 August 2023 at 09:38 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2023 after 14 days on 31 August 2023 at 01:35.
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 09:38 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 292 of Meeus index or 1245 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes. It is 13 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠179.2°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠202.9°.
Moon is at apogee at 11:55. It is 14 days after previous perigee on 2 August 2023 at 05:52 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next perigee on 30 August 2023 at 15:51 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 406 635 km (252 671 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2023. It is 1 227 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 74 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after ascending node on 7 August 2023 at 02:46 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 August 2023 at 16:23 in ♎ Libra.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
4 days since the previous standstill on 12 August 2023 at 07:39 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.981°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.095° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 August 2023 at 20:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.