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Moon phase on 12 January 2021 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2021 | January 2021

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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 13 January 2021 at 05:00 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 ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2021 after 16 days on 28 January 2021 at 19:16.

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 259 / 1212

At 16:17 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 259 of Meeus index or 1212 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.53 days

29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes is the length of new lunation 259. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 260 length.

Lunation length same as the mean

Length of current synodic month is equal to the mean length of synodic month. It is 6 hours and 9 minutes longer than the 21st century shortest and 7 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the 21st century longest synodic month.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠30.1°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠30.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠53.8°. 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

2 days after point of perigee on 9 January 2021 at 15:39 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 January 2021 at 13:11 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 374 315 km

Moon is 374 315 km (232 589 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 361 km (251 258 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 10 January 2021 at 20:15 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 January 2021 at 21:47 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon in southern standstill

At 08:18 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-24.870°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2021. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠24.898° in its northern standstill point on 26 January 2021 at 15:39 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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