Moon ♑ Capricorn
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 2 January 2003 at 20:23 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1902" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2003 after 15 days on 18 January 2003 at 10:48.
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 20:23 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 37 of Meeus index or 990 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 21 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠56.5°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠90.6°.
3 days after point of perigee on 30 December 2002 at 01:06 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 11 January 2003 at 00:43 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 376 762 km (234 109 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 343 km (251 247 mi).
2 days after descending node on 31 December 2002 at 11:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 14 January 2003 at 13:38 in ♊ Gemini.
15 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 16:56 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.783°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2003. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠25.794° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 17 January 2003 at 02:11.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.