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 4 May 2038 at 09:19 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 ∠15° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Flower Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2038 after 14 days on 18 May 2038 at 18:23.

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 ∠1775" and ∠1902".

New lunation 474 / 1427

At 09:19 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 474 of Meeus index or lunation 1427 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.63 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠198.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠198.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠226°.

Moon after apogee

2 days since point of apogee on 2 May 2038 at 08:35 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 May 2038 at 13:35 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 403 887 km

The Moon is 403 887 km (250 964 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 249 km (223 227 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 24 April 2038 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 9 May 2038 at 02:33 in ♋ Cancer.

Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the last southern standstill on 24 April 2038 at 09:38 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.806° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.927° at the point of next northern standstill on 9 May 2038 at 03:15 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

22 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♋ Cancer 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