When Is The Next New Moon 2023-2024?

Not to be confused with a full Moon, a new Moon is usually impossible to see because it is drowned out by the Sun’s bright light during the day. (However there are some exceptions.) Learn all about this unique lunar phase and why it’s an ideal time for stargazing! Plan your next star adventure for the next new Moon using our two calendars. Jump to New Moon 2023.

What Is A New Moon?

A new Moon occurs when it comes between the Earth and Sun (about once a month). If these celestial bodies are perfectly aligned, a solar eclipse takes place.

Related: Learn about eclipses

A Lunar Month Or “Moonth”

Ancient civilizations around the world often used the lunar phases as a calendar. They would mark the passing of time by lunar months or “moonths.” Similar to the length of a month (approximately four weeks), a lunar month is the period of time it takes for the lunar cycle to repeat–roughly 29.5 days.

The most common start to a lunar month is the “new” phase. However this name once had a different meaning. In the ancient sense, it referred the first moment that the Moon could be observed (after being completely invisible in the sky) as it emerged in a waning crescent stage, appearing to be reborn in light. Stargazers would witness the slimmest crescent hanging in the twilight of the western sky and call it “new,” but this sight actually occurs approximately 12-24 hours after the point that astronomers would consider to be “new” today.

Once a crescent was sighted, the new month would begin. The timing of annual religious holidays including Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Easter, and Rosh Hashanah are linked to accurately identifying lunar phases. After centuries of such observations, ancient cultures could then calculate the timing without having to see it. If their predictions were accurate enough, they could even forecast the most dramatic of astronomical events: a total solar eclipse! (Solar eclipses only happen during a “new” phase. The next one occurs on April 8, 2024. Learn more!)

New moon 2023 and lunar month.
A lunar month begins with a “new” phase and proceeds counterclockwise on the diagram above.

Related: Learn more about lunar phases

The Best Time For Stargazing With New Moon 2023-2024

If you want to see the most stars at night, stargaze around the new Moon. Although seeing a big, bold, beautiful Moon light up the night sky may be breathtaking, all of that lunar light also washes out the light of the stars. The darkest skies of each month — the times you can see the fainter stars and constellations — is a few nights before and after the new Moon.

Calendar – New Moon 2023
New Moon Date Native American Name Time
January 21 New Snow Moon 3:53 PM
February 5 New Worm Moon 2:06 AM
March 21 New Pink Moon 1:23 PM
April 19 New Flower Moon 12:12 AM
May 19 New Strawberry Moon 11:53 AM
June 18 New Buck Moon 12:37 AM
July 17 New Sturgeon Moon 2:32 PM
August 16 New Blue Moon 5:38 AM
September 14 New Harvest Moon 9:40 PM
October 14 New Hunter’s Moon 1:55 PM
Nov 13 New Beaver Moon 4:27 AM
December 12 New Cold Moon 6:32 PM

Calendar – New Moon 2024
New Moon Date Native American Name Time
January 11 New Wolf Moon 6:57 AM
February 9 New Snow Moon 5:59 PM
March 10 New Worm Moon 5:00 AM
April 8 New Pink Moon 2:21 PM
May 7 New Flower Moon 11:22 PM
June 6 New Strawberry Moon 8:38 AM
July 5 New Buck Moon 6:57 PM
August 4 New Sturgeon Moon 7:13 AM
September 2 New Harvest Moon 9:56 PM
October 2 New Hunter’s Moon 2:49 PM
November 1 New Beaver Moon 8:47 AM
December 1 New Cold Moon 1:21 AM
December 30 New Wolf Moon 5:27 PM

Lunar Names

It is a Farmers’ Almanac tradition to call out the historical names for each Moon over the course of the year. For instance, June’s Strawberry Moon. Typically these names are associated with the “full” phase — when the Moon is brightest and most apparent in the sky—but these names are actually ascribed approximately two weeks prior, upon each new Moon. We included these names in the calendars above so you may anticipate them as they grow into beautiful brightness!

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When Is A New Moon Visible?

A new Moon may become visible – very, very rarely — in the event of a solar eclipse. During these times, it comes precisely between Earth and the Sun. When the Moon blocks a portion of the Sun (looking like a monster took a bite of the solar disc) this is called a partial solar eclipse.

The only times new Moons become visible are during solar eclipses.

When the Moon slides in front of and obscures the entire Sun, that is a total solar eclipse. These events only occur during a “new” phase.

There are two chances for you to see a New Moon in the next year. October 14, 2023, much of the United States will see a partial solar eclipse. And on April 8, 2024 a swath of the globe from Mexico to Newfoundland will behold a total solar eclipse. 

Mark your Moon calendars for those two dates and order your safe eclipse glasses now.

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Dean Regas is an expert astronomer and a renowned author who has written six books, including 100 Things to See in the Night Sky and How to Teach Grown-Ups About Pluto. An astronomer with more than two decades of experience, Dean is a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages. From 2010-2019, he was the co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers. He is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow and NPR's Here & Now. He also hosts a popular astronomy podcast called Looking Up with Dean Regas. Learn more about him at www.astrodean.com

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You say that the new moon is impossible to see because the sky is flooded with the light of the sun. My understanding of a new moon is that it is at night when the moon has risen and is not “visible, ” or is dark, because the sun. As a kid I marveled at this phenomenon.


He right, its not that the moon has not risen yet. It’s just the visible side of the moon is just facing away from earth as it do not rotate like the earth so one side is always facing the earth.

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