New Moon August 2023: New Moon in Leo

Mark your calendars for the next August 2023 New Moon! The next August New Moon is Wednesday August 16, 2023 at 5:38 AM EDT or 9:38 AM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be 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 United States Eastern Time (ET) account 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. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.

When is the new moon in August 2023?

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

What is the name of the August 2023 New Moon?

The August 2023 New Moon will be called the New Blue Moon because it is the start of 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 includes the August New Moon?

In 2023, the August New Moon will be the second new moon of the Summer 2023 season. It will be 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 will be 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 will be the second new moon of the season.

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

The Full Blue Moon will be 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 will have two full moons. The full moon that will occur at the beginning of the month will be the middle of the lunar cycle that will start 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 will there be in August 2023?

In 2023, there will be one new moon in August. The August New Moon will be on Wednesday August 16, 2023 at 5:38 AM EDT or 9:38 AM UTC. 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