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

New Moon in Taurus

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

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 8 May 2024 at 03:22 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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 15 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.

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 ∠1924" and ∠1901".

New lunation 301 / 1254

At 03:22 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 301 of Meeus index or lunation 1254 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠36°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠36° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠60.7°.

Moon after perigee

2 days since point of perigee on 5 May 2024 at 22:11 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 17 May 2024 at 19:00 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 372 579 km

The Moon is 372 579 km (231 510 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 641 km (251 432 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 5 May 2024 at 21:54 in ♈ Aries the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 19 May 2024 at 16:35 in ♎ Libra.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.509° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.465° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 May 2024 at 07:45 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries 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