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

New Moon in Sagittarius

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 9 December 2026 at 00:52 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2026 after 14 days on 24 December 2026 at 01:28.

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 ∠1772" and ∠1948".

New lunation 333 / 1286

At 00:52 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 333 of Meeus index or lunation 1286 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2026. It is 1 minute 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 14 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠159.4°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠159.4° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠184.3°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 25 November 2026 at 20:58 in ♊ Gemini the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 December 2026 at 06:46 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 404 495 km

The Moon is 404 495 km (251 342 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 421 km (252 538 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 30 November 2026 at 03:34 in ♌ Leo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 14 December 2026 at 13:04 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon at southern standstill

At 15:27 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.602°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2026. Over the upcoming 14 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.620° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 23 December 2026 at 12:33.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♒ Aquarius 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