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Moon phase on 28 December 2016 Wednesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | December 2016

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 1 day young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 29 December 2016 at 06:53 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2017 after 14 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34.

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 209 / 1162

At 12:18 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.77 days

29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes is the length of new lunation 209. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 210 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠194.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠194.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠223.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 401 629 km

Moon is 401 629 km (249 561 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 242 km (225 708 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after its ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

13 days after previous North standstill on 14 December 2016 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.937°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.958° in the next southern standstill on 29 December 2016 at 03:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

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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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