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Moon phase on 13 December 2012 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | December 2012

New Moon phase
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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 less than 1 day young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 13 December 2012 at 08:42 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 passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 14 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

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 160 / 1113

At 08:42 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 160 of Meeus index or 1113 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.46 days

29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes is the length of new lunation 160. It is 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 161 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠6.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠6.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠23.3°. 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 after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 363 834 km

Moon is 363 834 km (226 076 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 101 km (252 339 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after its ascending node on 11 December 2012 at 15:57 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon in southern standstill

At 03:48 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.926°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.927° in its northern standstill point on 26 December 2012 at 21:24 in ♊ Gemini.

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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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