July 2023 New Moon, the new moon in Cancer

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The July New Moon was Monday, July 17, 2023. It was the seventh 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 July New Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts about it.

Dark photo of the moon for the New Moon July 2023 date, the New Sturgeon Moon and new moon in Cancer

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 July 2023?

The new moon in July was on Monday, July 17, 2023, at 2:32 PM EDT or 6:32 PM UTC. The July 17th new moon was the seventh new moon of 2023 and the new moon in Cancer.

What was the name of the July 2023 New Moon?

The July 2023 New Moon was called the New Sturgeon Moon because it started the first August Full Moon lunar cycle. Depending on the year, the name will change.

The associated full moon’s name is not likely a name you would have immediately guessed. The Full Sturgeon Moon gets its name as sturgeon are caught in high numbers in North America’s Great Lakes at that time of year.

Other nicknames for when the July New Moon when it starts August’s full moon cycle include the Barley Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Fruit Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Herb Moon, Red Moon, and Wyrt Moon.

Which season included the July New Moon?

In 2023, the July New Moon was the first new moon of the Summer 2023 season. It was the first 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 July New Moon may be the first or second new moon of Summer. In 2023 it was the first new moon of the season.

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

The Full Sturgeon Moon was on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 2:31 PM EDT or 6:31 PM UTC and will be the full moon in Aquarius.

The full moon in July 2023 was the middle of the lunar cycle, which started in June 2023.

July 2023 Moon Phases in Eastern Time and UTC

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

Lunar PhaseUS Eastern Date & TimeUTC Date & Time
July Full MoonJuly 3, 2023 7:39 AM EDTJuly 3, 2023 11:39 AM UTC
July Last QuarterJuly 9, 2023 9:48 PM EDTJuly 10, 2023 1:48 AM UTC
July New MoonJuly 17, 2023 2:32 PM EDTJuly 17, 2023 6:32 PM UTC
July First QuarterJuly 25, 2023 6:07 PM EDTJuly 25, 2023 10:07 PM UTC

Frequently Asked Questions

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

How many new moons were there in July 2023?

In 2023, there was one new moon in July. The July New Moon was on Monday, July 17, 2023, at 2:32 PM EDT or 6:32 PM UTC. In some years, the calendar aligns so that July 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 July 2023 New Moon, the New Sturgeon Moon, new moon in Cancer