Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 3 December 2013 Tuesday is New Moon, 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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2013 after 13 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.
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 00:22 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 172 of Meeus index or 1125 from Brown series.
29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes is the length of new lunation 172. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2013. It is 28 minutes longer than next lunation 173 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠336.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠353°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 4 December 2013 at 10:15 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 366 075 km (227 468 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 065 km (223 734 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10 in ♉ Taurus.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 16:38 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-19.552°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠19.570° in its northern standstill point on 17 December 2013 at 01:00 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.