Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 December 2013 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | December 2013

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 3 December 2013 at 00:22.

Moon is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Cold Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December after 12 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1947".

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 172 / 1125

Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 172 of Meeus index or 1125 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

Length of current 172 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes. 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 lunation true anomaly is ∠336.4°. At the 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 in perigee

Moon reaches point of perigee at 23:49 on this date, 12 days after apogee on 4 December 2013 at 10:15. Lunar orbit starts getting wider, while the Moon moves outward the Earth 15 days ahead until next apogee on 19 December 2013 at 23:49.

Distance to Moon 360 065 km

This perigee Moon is 360 065 km (223 734 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 443 km closer than mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 291 km farther than the closest for 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10.

Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 3 December 2013 at 16:38, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-19.552°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 12 days to face North declination of ∠19.570° in the next northern standstill on 17 December 2013 at 01:00.

Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

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