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 less than 1 day young.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 20 December 2025 at 01:43 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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Wolf Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2026 after 13 days on 3 January 2026 at 10:03.

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 ∠1784" and ∠1950".

New lunation 321 / 1274

At 01:43 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 321 of Meeus index or lunation 1274 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.76 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 9 minutes. It is 2 hours 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠207°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit is ∠207° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠239°.

Moon after apogee

3 days since point of apogee on 17 December 2025 at 06:09 in ♏ Scorpio the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2026 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini.

Distance to Moon 401 691 km

The Moon is 401 691 km (249 599 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 348 km (223 910 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 11 December 2025 at 07:35 in ♍ Virgo the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 25 December 2025 at 22:03 in ♓ Pisces.

Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the last southern standstill on 19 December 2025 at 23:18 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.233° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.265° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 January 2026 at 08:20 in ♊ Gemini.

Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♓ Pisces 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