Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 31 December 2005 Saturday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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.
29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes is the length of new lunation 74. It is 47 minutes longer than next lunation 75 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 28 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠329.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠347.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
10 days after point of apogee on 21 December 2005 at 02:49 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 January 2006 at 22:50 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 368 331 km (228 870 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 750 km (224 781 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 24 December 2005 at 10:43 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 January 2006 at 05:01 in ♈ Aries.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 30 December 2005 at 13:57 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.387°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.410° in the next northern standstill on 12 January 2006 at 13:12 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.