Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 26 December 2013 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | December 2013

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

Waning Crescent 41% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 41% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 25 December 2013 at 13:48.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1859"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2014 after 20 days on 16 January 2014 at 04:52.

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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 before perigee

6 days after point of apogee on 19 December 2013 at 23:49 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 January 2014 at 21:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 385 567 km

Moon is 385 567 km (239 580 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 922 km (221 781 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after its descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 December 2013 at 00:21 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 17 December 2013 at 01:00 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.570°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.537° in the next southern standstill on 31 December 2013 at 04:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 1 January 2014 at 11:14 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Last Quarter geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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