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

New Moon in Aries

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 17 April 2026 at 11:52 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 ♈ Aries

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.

Flower Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 14 days on 1 May 2026 at 17:23.

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 ∠1942" and ∠1911".

New lunation 325 / 1278

At 11:52 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 325 of Meeus index or lunation 1278 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.34 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 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 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 34 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠330.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠330.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 7 April 2026 at 08:32 in ♐ Sagittarius 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 19 April 2026 at 06:57 in ♉ Taurus.

Distance to Moon 369 080 km

The Moon is 369 080 km (229 336 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 631 km (224 707 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 13 April 2026 at 23:43 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 26 April 2026 at 14:36 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 8 April 2026 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.291° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.210° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 April 2026 at 11:12 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces 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