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 19 December 2044 at 08:53 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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2045 after 14 days on 3 January 2045 at 10:20.

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 ∠1776" and ∠1950".

New lunation 556 / 1509

At 08:53 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 556 of Meeus index or lunation 1509 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 32 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2044. It is 6 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 6 hours and 48 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 15 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠156.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠156.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠182.1°.

Moon before apogee

13 days since point of perigee on 6 December 2044 at 08:05 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 December 2044 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.

Distance to Moon 403 604 km

The Moon is 403 604 km (250 788 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 2 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 354 km (252 497 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 10 December 2044 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo 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 24 December 2044 at 21:19 in ♒ Aquarius.

Moon at southern standstill

At 04:38 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.031°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2044. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.069° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 2 January 2045 at 06:32.

Draconic month

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