Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 December 2014 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | December 2014

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

Waning Crescent 15% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 15% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 14 December 2014 at 12:51.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1835"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 17 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 184 / 1137

The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 184 of Meeus index or 1137 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.54 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 26 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠289.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠289.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠318°.

Moon after apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2014 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 390 661 km

The Moon is 390 661 km (242 745 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 791 km (226 671 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra. 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 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.660°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.665° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 22 December 2014 at 01:36 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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