Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 December 2013 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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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 37% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 37% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 3 December 2013 at 00:22.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon is entering ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1948"

Lunar disc appears visually 0% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 8 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2013 after 8 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 172 / 1125

The Moon is 6 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. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2013. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 173 length.

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 will be ∠353°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2013 at 10:15 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 December 2013 at 23:49 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 368 007 km

Moon is 368 007 km (228 669 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 269 km (252 444 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after its ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

7 days 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 after southern standstill

4 days after previous South standstill on 3 December 2013 at 16:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.552°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.570° in the next northern standstill on 17 December 2013 at 01:00 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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