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Moon phase on 2 December 2013 Monday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | December 2013

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 1 day young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 3 December 2013 at 00:22 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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1942" and ∠1946".

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2013 after 14 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

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 171 / 1124

At 12:50 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 171 of Meeus index or 1124 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 32 minutes. It is 40 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 57 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠315°

The true anomaly is ∠315°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠336.4°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 December 2013 at 10:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 369 105 km

The Moon is 369 105 km (229 351 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 065 km (223 734 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 19 November 2013 at 17:18 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠19.534°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-19.552° at the point of next southern standstill on 3 December 2013 at 16:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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