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Moon phase on 22 December 2014 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | December 2014

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 22 December 2014 at 01:36 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1927" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 13 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 185 / 1138

At 01:36 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.48 days

29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes is the length of new lunation 185. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 186 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠318°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠318°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠338.3°. 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

9 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 2 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 371 880 km

Moon is 371 880 km (231 076 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 791 km (226 671 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 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 6 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

5 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 after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.665°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.650° in the next northern standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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