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Moon phase on 12 December 2004 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2004 | December 2004

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

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 2004 at 01:29 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2004 after 14 days on 26 December 2004 at 15:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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.

New lunation 61 / 1014

At 01:29 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 61 of Meeus index or 1014 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.44 days

29 days, 10 hours and 34 minutes is the length of new lunation 61. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2004. It is 9 minutes longer than next lunation 62 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 10 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠345.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠345.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠1.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 21:30, this is 12 days after last apogee on 30 November 2004 at 11:25 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 27 December 2004 at 19:15 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 357 986 km

This perigee Moon is 357 986 km (222 442 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 522 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 370 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

3 days after its descending node on 8 December 2004 at 16:57 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2004 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

13 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2004 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.963°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.935° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2004 at 00:27 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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