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August 2023 New Moon, the new moon in Leo

Take a look back at the August 2023 New Moon! The August New Moon was on Wednesday August 16, 2023 based on the data provided by NASA. It was the eighth 2023 new moon.

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.

Ready to dive a little deeper into the August New Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.

Dark photo of the moon for the New Moon August 2023 date, the New Blue Moon and new moon in Leo

The dates and times provided by NASA in the United States Eastern Time are for 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.

When was the new moon in August 2023?

The new moon in August was on Wednesday August 16, 2023 at 5:38 AM EDT or 9:38 AM UTC. The August 16th new moon was the eighth new moon of 2023 and the new moon in Leo.

What was the name of the August 2023 New Moon?

The August 2023 New Moon was called the New Blue Moon because it started the second August Full Moon lunar cycle. Depending on the year the name will change.

Because the August New Moon will begin the second the lunar cycle for a second full moon in the month. In other months, the August New Moon name will be based August’s typical full moon name, as the Sturgeon Moon or based on September’s Full Moon.

Which season included the August New Moon?

In 2023, the August New Moon was the second new moon of the Summer 2023 season. It was the second new moon after the Summer Solstice in 2023.

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of astronomical summer and the end of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Summer Solstice was on Wednesday June 21, 2023 at 10:58 AM EDT or 2:58 PM UTC.

Depending on the year, the August New Moon may be the second or third new moon of Summer. In 2023 it was the second new moon of the season.

When was the full moon for the 2023 New Blue Moon?

The Full Blue Moon was on Wednesday August 30, 2023 at 9:35 PM EDT or August 31, 2023 at 1:35 AM UTC and will be the full moon in Pisces.

August 2023 is a bit unusual as it had two full moons. The full moon at the beginning of the month was the middle of the lunar cycle that started in July 2023.

August 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC

Below are the lunar phases for August 2023 including the new moon, first quarter, full moon, and last quarter that are on the schedule for each month. The date and times are based on both the United States Eastern Time Zone and UTC, adjusted for daylight saving time.

Lunar PhaseUS Eastern Date & TimeUTC Date & Time
August Full MoonAugust 1, 2023 2:31 PM EDTAugust 1, 2023 6:31 PM UTC
August Last QuarterAugust 8, 2023 6:28 AM EDTAugust 8, 2023 10:28 AM UTC
August New MoonAugust 16, 2023 5:38 AM EDTAugust 16, 2023 9:38 AM UTC
August First QuarterAugust 24, 2023 5:57 AM EDTAugust 24, 2023 9:57 AM UTC
August Blue MoonAugust 30, 2023 9:35 PM EDTAugust 31, 2023 1:35 AM UTC

Frequently Asked Questions

Have additional questions about the August New Moons? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions to help you.

How many new moons were there in August 2023?

In 2023, there was one new moon in August. The August New Moon was on Wednesday August 16, 2023. In some years the calendar aligns so that August has two new moons, but not for 2023.

Future New Moon Calendars

And if you’re looking for when the new moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.

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Dark photo of the moon for the New Moon August 2023 date, the New Blue Moon and new moon in Leo