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Moon phase on 3 December 2013 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | December 2013

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 Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 3 December 2013 at 00:22 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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Cold Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December after 13 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1947".

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 172 / 1125

At 00:22 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 172 of Meeus index or 1125 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes is the length of new lunation 172. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 173. This is the shortest synodic month of 2013.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠336.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠336.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠353°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).

Moon before perigee

11 days after point of apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 1 day until it gets to the point of perigee on 4 December 2013 at 10:15.

Distance to Moon 366 075 km

Moon is 366 075 km (227 468 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 11 days, distance is 405 446 km (251 932 mi). Moon moves closer next 1 day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 360 065 km (223 734 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after its ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10.

Draconic month

2 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of current draconic month.

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Moon in southern standstill

At 16:38 on this date Moon meets its South standstill point and reaches southern declination of ∠-19.552°. Next 13 days lunar orbit moves northward in opposite direction to face North declination of ∠19.570° in its northern standstill point on 17 December 2013 at 01:00.

Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

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

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