When Is The Next New Moon?

A “new” Moon occurs about once a month when the Moon comes between the Earth and Sun. Not to be confused with a “full” Moon — a new Moon is usually impossible to see as it is drowned out by the Sun’s bright light. (However there are some exceptions.) Learn all about this unique phase of the Moon and why it’s an ideal time for stargazing. Look to the sky on the next new Moon with our calendars below!

A Lunar Month Or “Moonth”

Ancient civilizations around the world often used the phases of the Moon 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 “moonth” 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 a “new” Moon phase. However this name once had a different meaning. A “New Moon” in the ancient sense referred the first moment that the Moon could be observed (after being completely invisible in the sky). The Moon would emerge in its waning crescent stage and appear to be reborn in light. Stargazers would witness the slimmest crescent moon 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 “moonth” would begin. The timing of annual religious holidays including Lunar New Year, Ramadan, Easter, and Rosh Hashanah are linked to accurately identifying phases of the Moon. After centuries of such observations, ancient cultures could then calculate the timing of the actual new Moon without seeing 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 Moon. The next one occurs on April 8, 2024. Learn more!)

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

Learn more about the phases of the Moon

New Moons Are Great For Stargazing

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.

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

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

Moon 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 Moon’s 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!

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, the Moon comes directly 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 on new Moons.

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 Facts From Space! and 100 Things to See in the Night Sky. 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. Dean is Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory, the oldest observatory in the United States. Learn more about him.


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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.

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