Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 13 December 2012 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2012 after 14 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.
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.
At 08:42 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 160 of Meeus index or 1113 from Brown series.
29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes is the length of new lunation 160. It is 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 161 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠6.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠23.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
1 day after point of perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 363 834 km (226 076 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 101 km (252 339 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 11 December 2012 at 15:57 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 03:48 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.926°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.927° in its northern standstill point on 26 December 2012 at 21:24 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.