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 8 May 2081 at 22:09 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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2081 after 13 days on 22 May 2081 at 20:26.

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 ∠1857" and ∠1900".

New lunation 1006 / 1959

At 22:09 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 1006 of Meeus index or lunation 1959 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 53 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 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 shorter than mean

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

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠265.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠265.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠298.3°.

Moon after apogee

6 days since point of apogee on 2 May 2081 at 14:12 in ♒ Aquarius the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 17 May 2081 at 14:15 in ♍ Virgo.

Distance to Moon 385 991 km

The Moon is 385 991 km (239 844 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 369 266 km (229 451 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after ascending node on 4 May 2081 at 10:34 in ♓ Pisces the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 17 May 2081 at 20:00 in ♍ Virgo.

Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the last southern standstill on 27 April 2081 at 11:19 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.521° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.437° at the point of next northern standstill on 11 May 2081 at 21:38 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

5 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first 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