Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 December 2014 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | December 2014

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

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 14 December 2014 at 12:51.

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 ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1881"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1881" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 15 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

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 184 / 1137

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 184 of Meeus index or 1137 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.54 days

Length of current 184 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 26 minutes longer than next lunation 185 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 20 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 43 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠289.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠289.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠318°. 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

7 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2014 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 380 975 km

Moon is 380 975 km (236 727 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 791 km (226 671 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

13 days after previous North standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.660°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.665° in the next southern standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 22 December 2014 at 01:36 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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