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On June 3 it is expected to happen New Moon phase. The Moon phase occurs at 12 degrees and 34 minutes of Gemini, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 10 to 18 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
According to earthsky.org “you can’t see a new moon; it’s between the Earth and sun and crosses the sky with the sun throughout the day. You’ll likely see the moon in the evening again on June 4, 5 or 6”.
The reason that we can’t see the new moon is that;
- The alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth, leaves the side of the Moon that faces Earth in complete darkness. Technically, this is called a conjunction or Syzygy in the Sun-Earth-Moon system (see illustration).
When the moon is new, it’s most closely between the Earth and sun for any particular month. There’s a new moon about once a month, because the moon takes about a month to orbit Earth.
[The moon is nearly between the Earth and sun. In most months, there’s no eclipse because, most of the time, the new moon passes not in front of the sun, but simply near it in our sky], indicates EarthSky.
In astronomy, the new moon is the first lunar phase, when the Moon and Sun have the same ecliptic longitude. At this phase, the lunar disk is not visible to the unaided eye, except when silhouetted during a solar eclipse. Daylight outshines the earthlight that dimly illuminates the new moon. The actual phase is usually a very thin crescent.
The original meaning of the term new moon, which is still sometimes used in non-astronomical contexts, was the first visible crescent of the Moon, after conjunction with the Sun.
Source: Text; earthsky.org, Wikipedia
Image credit; www.timeanddate.com
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