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 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 11 May 2078 at 17:56 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 ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2078 after 15 days on 26 May 2078 at 20:23.

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 ∠1969" and ∠1899".

New lunation 969 / 1922

At 17:56 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 969 of Meeus index or lunation 1922 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.33 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 53 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2078. It is 26 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 18 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠11.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠11.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠29°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 01:13 about 14 days since last apogee on 26 April 2078 at 10:18 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the upcoming 12 days until point of next apogee on 23 May 2078 at 17:11 in ♎ Libra.

Distance to Moon 358 066 km

This perigee Moon is 358 066 km (222 492 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 442 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 290 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 14:45 crossing the ecliptic from South to North. Lunar position remains north of if for the upcoming 13 days until Moon's next descending node later on 25 May 2078 at 11:12 in ♏ Scorpio.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 2 May 2078 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.108° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.103° at the point of next northern standstill on 14 May 2078 at 21:51 in ♋ Cancer.

New draconic month

At 14:45 in the point ot ascending node the Moon is completing the last draconic month and is entering a new one while the lunar orbit is crossing the ecliptic from South to North.

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