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January 2023 New Moon: New Moon in Aquarius

Take a look back at the January 2023 New Moon! The January New Moon was on Saturday January 21, 2023 3:53 PM EST or 8:53 PM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It was the first new moon on the 2023 new moon schedule.

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 January New Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.

Dark photo of the moon for the New Moon January 2023 date, the New Snow Moon and new moon in Aquarius

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 January 2023?

The new moon in January was on Saturday January 21, 2023 at 3:53 PM EST or 8:53 PM UTC. The January 21st new moon was the first new moon of 2023 and the new moon in Aquarius.

What was name of the January 2023 New Moon?

The January 2023 New Moon was called the New Snow Moon because it was the start of the February Full Moon lunar cycle. Depending on the year the name will change. The name is fitting for the season as it is part of Winter.

Other nicknames for when the January New Moon starts February’s full moon cycle include Hunger Moon, Chaste Moon, and Storm Moon. The Snow Moon is also used as an alternate nickname for the January Full Moon. Sometimes the names overlap depending on the source.

Which season included the January New Moon?

In 2023, the January New Moon was the second new moon of Winter 2022-2023. It was the second new moon after the Winter Solstice in 2022.

The Winter Solstice marks the first day of winter and is the shortest day of the year when the Earth is tilted as far away from the sun as it will be all year.

In 2022, the Winter Solstice was on Wednesday December 21, 2022 at 4:48 PM ET or 9:48 PM UTC.

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

The Full Snow Moon will be in February on Sunday February 5, 2023 at 1:29 PM EST or 6:29 PM UTC and will be the full moon in Leo.

The full moon that will occur in January 2023 will be the middle of the lunar cycle that started in December 2022.

January 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC

Below are the lunar phases for January 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
January Full MoonJanuary 6, 2023 6:08 PM ESTJanuary 6, 2023 11:08 PM UTC
January Last QuarterJanuary 14, 2023 9:10 PM ESTJanuary 15, 2023 2:10 AM UTC
January New MoonJanuary 21, 2023 3:53 PM ESTJanuary 21, 2023 8:53 PM UTC
January First QuarterJanuary 28, 2023 10:19 AM ESTJanuary 28, 2023 3:19 PM UTC

Frequently Asked Questions

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

How many new moons were there in January 2023?

In 2023, there was one new moon in January. The January New Moon was on Saturday January 21, 2023. There are other years with 2 new moons, with the second called a black moon, 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 January 2023 New Moon, the New Snow Moon, new moon in Aquarius