The 2023 New Moons 2023 Calendar shows you the date of the next new moon in 2023 and the new moons for the year. This year includes a black moon, solar eclipses, and three super new moons.
A new moon is the first lunar phase that happens about once a month or 29.53 days on average. The moon itself is not visible, though you may be able to “see” it because it blocks the visibility of the stars behind it.
The next new moon will be Tuesday December 12, 2023. The New Cold Moon, it will be the new moon in Sagittarius and the last new moon of the year. The new moon in December will be the last new moon of Autumn 2023.
The new moon calendar with the new moon dates of 2023 with peak times and dates for the year across the United States from New York To California include:
|New Moon 2023||New Moon Name||U.S. Eastern Time||U.S. Central Time||U.S. Mountain Time||U.S. Pacific Time|
|January 21, 2023||New Snow Moon||3:53 PM EST||2:53 PM CST||1:53 PM MST||12:53 PM PST|
|February 20, 2023||New Worm Moon||2:06 AM EST||1:06 AM CST||12:06 AM MST||11:06 PM PST|
|March 21, 2023||New Pink Moon||1:23 PM EDT||12:23 PM CDT||11:23 AM MDT||10:23 AM MDT|
|April 20, 2023||New Flower Moon||12:12 AM EDT||11:12 PM CDT|
|10:12 PM MDT|
|9:12 PM PDT|
|May 19, 2023||New Strawberry Moon||11:53 AM EDT||10:53 AM CDT||9:53 AM MDT||8:53 AM PDT|
|June 18, 2023||New Buck Moon||12:37 AM EDT||11:37 PM CDT|
|10:37 PM MDT|
|9:37 PM PDT|
|July 17, 2023||New Sturgeon Moon||2:32 PM EDT||1:32 PM CDT||1:32 PM MDT||12:32 PM PDT|
|August 16, 2023||New Blue Moon||5:38 AM EDT||4:38 AM CDT||3:38 AM MDT||2:38 AM PDT|
|September 14, 2023||New Harvest Moon||9:40 PM EDT||8:40 PM CDT||7:40 PM MDT||6:40 PM PDT|
|October 14, 2023||New Hunter’s Moon||1:55 PM EDT||12:55 PM CDT||11:55 PM MDT||10:55 PM MDT|
|November 13, 2023||New Beaver Moon||4:27 AM EST||3:27 AM CST||2:27 AM MST||1:27 AM PST|
|December 12, 2023||New Cold Moon||6:32 PM EST||5:32 PM CST||4:32 PM MST||3:32 PM PST|
What are the new moon names for 2023?
The new moons get their name based on the date of their associated full moon. Sometimes the new moon is in the same month as its full moon, while in others, it’s in the month prior.
The new moon names for 2023 are:
- New Snow Moon in January
- New Worm Moon in February
- New Pink Moon in March
- New Flower Moon in April
- New Strawberry Moon in May
- New Buck Moon in June
- New Sturgeon Moon in July
- New Blue Moon in August
- New Harvest Moon in September
- New Hunter’s Moon in October
- New Beaver Moon in November
- New Cold Moon in December
New Moon Calendar 2023
The first new moon of the year was on January 21, setting the year up to have 12 new moons. On the schedule for this year are a seasonal black moon in May, three super new moons, and two solar eclipses. The following dates are based on the U.S. Eastern Timezone.
January 21, 2023: New Snow Moon
The first new moon of 2023 was on Saturday, January 21, 2023. The New Snow Moon was the second new moon of Winter 2022-2023. The January 21 new moon was the new moon in Capricorn.
February 20, 2023: New Worm Moon
The new moon in February was on Monday, February 20, 2023. The New Worm Moon was the new moon in Pisces. The February new moon was the third new moon of Winter 2022-2023.
March 21, 2023: New Pink Moon
The new moon in March was on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. The New Pink Moon was the new moon in Aries. The March new moon was the first new moon of Spring. It occurred about a day after the Spring Equinox 2023.
April 20, 2023: New Flower Moon
The new moon in April was on Thursday, April 20, 2023. The New Flower Moon was a second new moon in Aries. The April new moon was the second new moon of Spring. There was also a Hybrid Solar Eclipse during the April new moon.
May 19, 2023: New Strawberry Moon (seasonal black moon)
The new moon in May was on Friday, May 19, 2023. The New Strawberry Moon was the new moon in Taurus. The May New Moon was the third new moon of the Spring 2023 season. It was also considered a seasonal black moon because it was the third new moon in a season with four new moons.
June 18, 2023: New Buck Moon
The new moon in June was on Sunday, June 18, 2023. The New Buck Moon was the new moon in Gemini. The June new moon was the fourth Spring new moon in 2023.
July 17, 2023: New Sturgeon Moon
The new moon in July was on Monday, July 17, 2023. The New Sturgeon Moon was the new moon in Cancer. The July new moon was the first Summer new moon.
August 16, 2023: New Blue Moon
The new moon in August was on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. The New Blue Moon was the new moon in Leo. The August new moon was the second new moon of Summer 2023.
September 14, 2023: New Harvest Moon
The new moon in September was on Thursday September 14, 2023. The New Harvest Moon was the new moon in Virgo. The September new moon was the last Summer new moon.
October 14, 2023: New Hunter’s Moon
The new moon in October was on Saturday October 14, 2023. The New Hunter’s Moon was the new moon in Libra. The October New Moon was the first new moon of Autumn. There was an Annular Solar Eclipse during the new moon.
November 13, 2023: New Beaver Moon
The new moon in November was on Monday, November 13, 2023. The New Beaver Moon was the new moon in Scorpio. The November New Moon was the second Fall new moon.
December 12, 2023: New Cold Moon
The last new moon of 2023 will be on Tuesday December 12, 2023. The New Cold Moon, it will be the new moon in Sagittarius. The new moon in December will be the last new moon of Autumn 2023.
Related: 2023 Full Moons
Is there a black moon in 2023?
Yes, In 2023 there was a black moon on Friday, May 19, 2023 because Spring had four new moons. As the third new moon in a season with four new moons, the May New Moon is called a black moon or seasonal black moon.
There are four potential definitions for a black moon, though all unofficial. As a result, it’s not rare to have a black moon in a year. It’s not possible to have all four in one year.
- A month with two new moons
- A month without a full moon, only a new moon
- A month without a new moon, only a full moon
- A season with four new moons, making the third a seasonal black moon
Because February has either 28 or 29 days, it’s the only calendar month that may not have both a new moon and a full moon in a given year.
The three new super new moons of 2023 were on January 21, February 20, and March 21.
A new supermoon is a new moon that nearly coincides with the closest point that the Moon comes to the Earth in its orbit, called perigee. While you cannot directly see a new moon, it may leave a larger-than usual empty space in the sky. There isn’t an official definition for how close the moon must be to the Earth to be considered a supermoon. Depending on the version you use, the moon needs to be approximately 360,000 kilometers from the Earth or closer.
The first new moon of each season
Each season starts and ends with the equinoxes and solstices during the year. The 2023 dates for the equinoxes and solstices are:
- Vernal Equinox: March 20, 2023 at 5:25 PM EDT
- Summer Solstice: June 21, 2023 at 10:58 AM EDT
- Autumnal Equinox: September 23, 2023 at 2:50 AM EDT
- Winter Solstice: December 21, 2023 at 10:28 PM EST
The first new moon after Spring Equinox 2023 was on Tuesday March 21, 2023. The spring season had four new moons.
The first new moon after the Summer Solstice 2023 was on Monday July 17, 2023. The summer season had three new moons.
The first new moon after the Autumn Equinox 2023 was on Saturday October 14, 2023. The autumn season will have three new moons.
The first new moon after the Winter Solstice 2023 will be on Wednesday January 11, 2024 because the December 2023 new moon occurs before the solstice. The winter season will have three new moons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 2023 New Moon Calendar to help you prepare for the year ahead.
In 2023 there will be 12 new moons, with one each month of the year. There will be a seasonal black moon on the calendar for this year because the Spring 2023 season will have 4 new moons.
The first new moon of 2023 was on Saturday, January 21, 2023. It was later in January at the start of the year. It was also the second new moon of the Winter 2022-2023 season, as the December 2022 new moon occurred after the Winter Solstice.
The four new moons of Spring 2023 were on March 21, April 21, May 19, and June 18. Spring 2023 began on March 20 and ended on June 21.
The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time are for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. Since you may be in a different time zone, the exact dates may shift for your calendar.