Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 January 2014 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Moon phase details for

Lunar calendar 2014 | January 2014

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

Waxing Crescent 13% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and growing larger.

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Moon phase and lunation

Moonrise and moonset

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

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 1 January 2014 at 11:14.

Wolf Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January after 11 days on 16 January 2014 at 04:52.

Moon in Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and enters Pisces later.

Upcoming Moon phases

Apparent angular diameter ∠1957"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.28% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1957" and ∠1951".

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 173 / 1126

Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 173 of Meeus index or 1126 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.43 days

Length of current 173 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 24 minutes. It is 3 minutes longer than next lunation 174.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠353°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠353°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠8.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after perigee

2 days after point of perigee on 1 January 2014 at 21:00, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 11 days until it gets to the point of apogee on 16 January 2014 at 01:53.

Distance to Moon 366 290 km

Moon is 366 290 km (227 602 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 2 days, distance is 356 922 km (221 781 mi). Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 537 km (252 610 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after its ascending node on 28 December 2013 at 00:21, the Moon follows the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 January 2014 at 11:26.

Draconic month

7 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

4 days after previous South standstill on 31 December 2013 at 04:49, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-19.537°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 8 days to face North declination of ∠19.501° in the next northern standstill on 13 January 2014 at 08:14.

Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 16 January 2014 at 04:52.

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