Crescent ♒ Aquarius
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 23 January 2012 at 07:39 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1868" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2012 after 15 days on 7 February 2012 at 21:54.
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 07:39 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 149 of Meeus index or 1102 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 52 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠70.8°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠107.8°.
5 days after point of perigee on 17 January 2012 at 21:28 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 January 2012 at 17:42 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 383 630 km (238 377 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 7 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 325 km (251 236 mi).
3 days after ascending node on 19 January 2012 at 18:26 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 February 2012 at 20:02 in ♊ Gemini.
3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
3 days since the previous standstill on 20 January 2012 at 02:12 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-22.492°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠22.404° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 February 2012 at 07:11 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.