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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
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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 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.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Snow Moon after 15 days

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

Apparent angular diameter

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

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.

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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.

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 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°).

Moon after perigee

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.

Distance to Moon 383 630 km

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).

Moon after ascending node

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.

Draconic month

3 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.

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Moon after southern standstill

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.

Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

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

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