Tonight, the New Moon is Closest to Earth in Nearly 1,000 Years

Tonight’s new moon may be invisible, but its significance is not diminished. From the perspective of Earth, it is not visible as it is when the illuminated half of the moon is facing away from us. However, this new moon is particularly special.

At 3:54 p.m. EST (2054 GMT) today, the moon will be the closest to Earth since 1030, at 221,561 miles (356,568 km) away. This is because the moon’s orbit is elliptical, so its distance from Earth changes. The next time the new moon will be this close is on Jan. 20, 2368, and it will be 6 miles (9 km) closer. The average distance of the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

This new moon would be classified as a supermoon if it were a full moon, as it is near its closest point to Earth during its orbit and would appear bigger and brighter. However, it is a new moon, so the skies will be dark. The tides will still be impacted, with an especially high tide occurring around this date.

This moon is also special for another reason; it marks the Lunar New Year, celebrated across Asia. Friends and family will gather to celebrate the year of the rabbit.

If you don’t have the gear to see the night sky, our guides on telescopes and binoculars are a great place to start. To take the best photos of the night sky, look at our guides on cameras and lenses for astrophotography.

Summary

Tonight’s new moon is an especially special one as it is the closest new moon to Earth since the year 1030. At 3:54 p.m. EST, the moon will be exactly 221,561 miles away from our planet. This moon is also special as it marks the Lunar New Year, a major festival celebrated across Asia. Earth will experience a king tide, or an especially high tide, sometime around this date. Even though it is an invisible moon, it is still a significant event.

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