Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 4 January 2011 Tuesday 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 ∠1828" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2011 after 15 days on 19 January 2011 at 21:21.
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 09:03 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 136 of Meeus index or 1089 from Brown series.
29 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes is the length of new lunation 136. It is 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 137 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠103.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠139.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
9 days after point of perigee on 25 December 2010 at 12:24 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 10 January 2011 at 05:38 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 392 035 km (243 599 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 976 km (251 640 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 3 January 2011 at 12:48 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2011 at 00:06 in ♋ Cancer.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 2 January 2011 at 10:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.242°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.221° in the next northern standstill on 16 January 2011 at 22:51 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.