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Moon phase on 23 January 2012 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | January 2012

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 23 January 2012 at 07:39 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1949".

Snow Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 15 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 149 / 1102

At 07:39 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.62 days

29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes is the length of new lunation 149. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than next lunation 150 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠70.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠107.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after perigee

5 days after point of perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 383 630 km

Moon is 383 630 km (238 377 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 325 km (251 236 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

3 days after previous South standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.492°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.404° in the next northern standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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