Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 25 December 2014 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | December 2014

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

Waxing Crescent 16% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 16% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 22 December 2014 at 01:36.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 10 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 185 / 1138

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.48 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 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 6 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 3 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠318°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠318°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠338.3°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 15 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 363 813 km

The Moon is 363 813 km (226 063 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 15 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 411 km (251 911 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 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

8 days 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 after southern standstill

3 days since the previous standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-18.665°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠18.650° at the point of next northern standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer 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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