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A New Moon occurs when the Moon is directly between the Earth and the Sun and not visible from Earth.

In its monthly orbital motion around Earth, the Moon comes into conjunction with the Sun as seen from Earth. The dark side of the Moon faces almost directly toward Earth, so that the Moon is not visible to the naked eye and reflects no light into the night sky.

This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as meteor showers, galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

Only during a New Moon can a total solar eclipse occur, and only when the Moon's orbit is within 0.5 degrees of the plane of the ecliptic, a line that passes through the center of the Sun and the Earth. Consequently, there is not always a solar eclipse during a New Moon.



New Moon
New Moon

Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything.
― Stephenie Meyer







   





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