New Moon
New MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

New Moon in Capricorn

New Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 0%. Lunar cycle is 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 11 January 2024 at 11:57 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 ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2024 after 14 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.

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 ∠1936" and ∠1951".

New lunation 297 / 1250

At 11:57 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 297 of Meeus index or lunation 1250 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decrease with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

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 ∠328°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠328° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠345.9°.

Moon before perigee

9 days since point of apogee on 1 January 2024 at 15:28 in ♍ Virgo the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 in ♒ Aquarius.

Distance to Moon 370 236 km

The Moon is 370 236 km (230 054 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 362 264 km (225 100 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 days after descending node on 4 January 2024 at 18:52 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 17 January 2024 at 14:05 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 10 January 2024 at 07:04 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.164° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.203° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

20 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final 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