Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 4 December 2013 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 3 December 2013 at 00:22.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2013 after 12 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.
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.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 172 of Meeus index or 1125 from Brown series.
Length of current 172 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 10:15, this is 12 days after last apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 19 December 2013 at 23:49 in ♋ Cancer.
This perigee Moon is 360 065 km (223 734 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 443 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 291 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 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 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 December 2013 at 10:10 in ♉ Taurus.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 3 December 2013 at 16:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.552°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.570° in the next northern standstill on 17 December 2013 at 01:00 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.