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Moon phase on 16 January 2018 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | January 2018

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 1 day young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 17 January 2018 at 02:17 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 15 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.

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 222 / 1175

At 06:30 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 222 of Meeus index or 1175 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.82 days

29 days, 19 hours and 47 minutes is the length of new lunation 222. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. It is 59 minutes longer than next lunation 223 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 7 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month and it is the longest synodic month length of a for 21st century.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠173.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠173.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠198.1°. 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

1 day after point of apogee on 15 January 2018 at 02:10 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 404 976 km

Moon is 404 976 km (251 640 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 995 km (223 069 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after its ascending node on 4 January 2018 at 07:48 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 15 January 2018 at 16:28 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.048°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.027° in the next northern standstill on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer.

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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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