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New Moon

Sat, 01 Mar 2014 at03:01 EST(294 days ago)
08:01 UTC

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The Moon's eastward path across the night sky will carry it close to the Sun and it will be lost in the Sun's glare for a few days. At the moment of closest approach, it will pass within 03°51' of the Sun, in the constellation Aquarius.

At new moon, the Earth, Moon and Sun all lie in a roughly straight line, with the Moon in the middle, appearing in front of the Sun's glare. In this configuration, we see almost exactly the opposite half of the Moon to that which is illuminated by the Sun, making it doubly unobservable because the side we see is almost entirely unilluminated.

Since the Moon moves quite quickly across the sky – by nearly 15° per day – it will not be hidden by the Sun's glare for long. Over subsequent days, the Moon will become visible in the late afternoon and dusk sky as a waxing crescent. By first quarter, a week after new moon, it will be visible until around midnight.

The exact positions of the Sun and Moon will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
The Moon 22h42m00s -04°04' Aquarius 32'57"
Sun (centre) 22h47m -07°38' Aquarius 32'16"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

The sky on 1 March 2014
Sunrise: 06:29
Sunset: 17:46
Twilight from 04:59
until 19:17
All times shown in EST.

30-day old moon
Age of Moon:
30 days



Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.


The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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