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 less than 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 13 December 2012 at 08:42 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 ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 14 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

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 ∠1970" and ∠1949".

New lunation 160 / 1113

At 08:42 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 160 of Meeus index or lunation 1113 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 34 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

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 ∠6.8°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠6.8° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠23.3°.

Moon after perigee

1 day since point of perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius the lunar orbit is getting widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 363 834 km

The Moon is 363 834 km (226 076 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 101 km (252 339 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 11 December 2012 at 15:57 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is positioned north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.

Moon at southern standstill

At 03:48 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-20.926°. Over the upcoming 13 days the lunar orbit is going to tilt northward to face maximum declination of ∠20.927° at the point of next northern standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 December 2012 at 21:24.

Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of this draconic month in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first 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