Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 29 December 2016 Thursday 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 ∠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.
29 days, 17 hours and 14 minutes is the length of new lunation 210. It is 2 hours and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 211 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 30 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠223.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠259.5°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 398 621 km (247 692 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 242 km (225 708 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 03:30 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.958°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2016. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.932° in its northern standstill point on 11 January 2017 at 09:32 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.