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

New Moon in Sagittarius

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 12 December 2004 at 01:29 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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 15 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

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 ∠1957" and ∠1949".

New lunation 60 / 1013

At 14:27 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 60 of Meeus index or lunation 1013 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 28 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 27 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠327.5°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠327.5° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.8°.

Moon before perigee

11 days since point of apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 December 2004 at 21:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.

Distance to Moon 366 206 km

The Moon is 366 206 km (227 550 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 986 km (222 442 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 9 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the last northern standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.963° the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.935° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn.

Draconic month

17 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