Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 4 December 2013 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2013 | December 2013

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 3 December 2013 at 00:22.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2013 after 12 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 172 / 1125

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.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the 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 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 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠336.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠336.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠353°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 10:15. It is 12 days after previous apogee on 22 November 2013 at 09:50 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 19 December 2013 at 23:49 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 360 065 km

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 further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 30 November 2013 at 16:59 in ♏ Scorpio. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 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

3 days 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 after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 3 December 2013 at 16:38 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.552°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.570° at the point of next northern standstill on 17 December 2013 at 01:00 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 17 December 2013 at 09:28 in ♊ Gemini the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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