February's 'super' new moon leaves skies beautiful and dark tonight

The new moon occurs on February 9, 17:59 pm EST (2259 GMT), in New York, According to the US Naval ObservatoryOn the same day, Mars, Venus and Mercury form a series of planets in the morning hours.

When the moon is directly between the sun and the earth, we have new moon. Both bodies share the same celestial longitude, a projection of Earth's own lines of longitude onto the celestial sphere, an alignment also known as a conjunction. New moons are not visible until the Moon passes directly into the Sun and causes a solar eclipse (next on April 8). The lunar phases depend on the position of the Moon relative to the Earth, so the resulting differences in time zones are similar.

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