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 18 August 2031 at 04:32 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2031 after 13 days on 1 September 2031 at 09:20.
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 04:32 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 391 of Meeus index or 1344 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 15 minutes. It is 41 minutes longer 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 1 hour and 31 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 32 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠213.5°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠245.2°.
3 days after point of apogee on 14 August 2031 at 21:37 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 30 August 2031 at 12:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 400 454 km (248 831 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 684 km (224 740 mi).
7 days after descending node on 10 August 2031 at 14:10 in ♉ Taurus. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 August 2031 at 01:21 in ♏ Scorpio.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
5 days since the previous standstill on 12 August 2031 at 15:58 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.868°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.731° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 August 2031 at 23:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.