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The new moon.

At 21:16:01 UT Saturday 13 March 2021
the moon was


Some factors that go into this equation:

Universal Time is 21.2836111111111 in decimal hours.
The Julian date was 2459286.50209485.
The sun’s ecliptic longitude was 353.516509570667 degrees.
Its mean anomaly was 68.9605959847 degrees.
The moon’s mean longitude on 00 January 1990 was 318.351648 degrees.

These calculations incorporate the switch to the English New Style (N.S.)—i.e., Gregorian— calendar after Wednesday, 02 September 1752; the next day became Thursday, 14 September, skipping eleven days. (Please also note that, while fairly accurate, these calculations remain a bit buggy.)

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