Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 23 December 2022 Friday 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 first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 14 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.
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 10:17 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 284 of Meeus index or 1237 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes is the length of new lunation 284. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2022. It is 23 minutes longer than next lunation 285 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠344.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠360°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2022 at 08:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 365 125 km (226 878 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 270 km (222 619 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 January 2023 at 15:25 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 18:18 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.418°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.406° in its northern standstill point on 6 January 2023 at 03:08 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.