Crescent ♑ Capricorn
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 31 December 2005 at 03:12 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1946" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2006 after 13 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48.
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 03:12 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 74 of Meeus index or 1027 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes. It is 47 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 28 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠329.9°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠347.5°.
10 days after point of apogee on 21 December 2005 at 02:49 in ♍ Virgo. 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 1 January 2006 at 22:50 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is 368 331 km (228 870 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 750 km (224 781 mi).
7 days after descending node on 24 December 2005 at 10:43 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 6 January 2006 at 05:01 in ♈ Aries.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
1 day since the previous standstill on 30 December 2005 at 13:57 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.387°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.410° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 January 2006 at 13:12 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.