Crescent ♑ Capricorn
New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The 1 day young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 12 December 2023 at 23:32 UTC.
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1906" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 13 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.
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 23:32 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 296 of Meeus index or 1249 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 25 minutes. It is 1 hour 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 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠303.6°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠328°.
8 days after point of apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 376 092 km (233 693 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 900 km (228 602 mi).
4 days after descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries.
19 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 21:51 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-28.151°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠28.131° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 26 December 2023 at 21:50.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.