The Moon will make a close approach to the Sun in the sky
as it sweeps along its eastward path across the night sky. As it does so, it
will draw too close to the Sun for observation, passing within a mere
03°51' of it in the constellation Aquarius.
As a result of the Earth, Moon and Sun all lying in a straight line in the
Solar System, with the Moon in the middle, we will also see almost exactly the
opposite side of the Moon to that which is illuminated by the Sun, meaning
that it will appear almost completely 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 detailed circumstances of this event are:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405
ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).