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 29 December 2016 at 06:53 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1798" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2017 after 13 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34.
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 06:53 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 210 of Meeus index or 1163 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 14 minutes. It is 2 hours and 23 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 4 hours and 30 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠223.4°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠259.5°.
4 days after point of apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 398 621 km (247 692 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 242 km (225 708 mi).
10 days after ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius.
10 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 03:30 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.958°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2016. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.932° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 11 January 2017 at 09:32.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.