New Moon
New MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

New Moon in Capricorn

New Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 0%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 21 January 2004 at 21:05 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

Snow Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2004 after 15 days on 6 February 2004 at 08:47.

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.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1940" and ∠1950".

New lunation 50 / 1003

At 21:05 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 50 of Meeus index or lunation 1003 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 31 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 38 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠33.9°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠33.9° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.1°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 19 January 2004 at 19:25 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 31 January 2004 at 14:00 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 369 466 km

The Moon is 369 466 km (229 576 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 807 km (251 535 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 16 January 2004 at 21:08 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 29 January 2004 at 22:07 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 20 January 2004 at 06:17 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.072° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.131° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 February 2004 at 04:10 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♉ Taurus the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov