New moon calendar 2024: When is the next new moon?

The dark skies during a new moon provide ideal conditions for spotting skywatching targets that would otherwise be outshined by moonlight.

The next new moon will occur on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:57 a.m. EST (1157 GMT.)

A new moon occurs when the moon is directly between Earth and the sun, with its shadowed side pointing towards us.

You can see a new moon when it crosses the face of the sun during a solar eclipse.

New moons occur approximately once every month because that's roughly how long it takes for the moon to orbit Earth.

But because the moon's orbit is slightly tilted relative to Earth's orbit around the sun,

it doesn't block out the sun on every orbit, hence why not every new moon results in a solar eclipse, according to NASA.

Every so often a new moon is known as a "Black Moon".

This is a rare occurrence and we won't experience another one until December 30, 2024.

The last Black Moon, by the seasonal definition of the term, occurred on May 19, 2023.

The next black moon will occur on Dec. 30, 2024, and will be the second new moon in a calendar month.

January 11-  6:57 a.m. February 9-  5:59 p.m. March 10-  4:00 a.m. April 8-  2:21 p.m. May 7-  11:22 p.m. June 6-  8:38 a.m. July 5-  6:57 p.m. August 4-  7:13 a.m September 2-  9:55 p.m. October 2-  2:49 p.m November 1-  7:47 a.m. December 1-  1:21 a.m December 30-  5:27 p.m.

This is when new moons will occur through 2024, according to NASA.