New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February after 15 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
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.
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.
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 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.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠107.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
5 days after point of perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 7 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42.
Moon is 383 630 km (238 377 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 5 days, distance is 369 883 km (229 835 mi). Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 404 325 km (251 236 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02.
3 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.
3 days after previous South standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-22.492°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 10 days to face North declination of ∠22.404° in the next northern standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11.
The Moon is in New Moon conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.