synodic month


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synodic month

(si-nod -ik) (lunation; lunar month) The interval of 29.530 59 days, on average, between two successive new Moons.

Synodic Month

 

the time interval between two consecutive identical phases of the moon, for example, the time between consecutive new moons. The duration of the synodic month is not constant; the average length is 29.530588 mean solar days, and deviations range up to 13 hours.

synodic month

[sə′näd·ik ′mənth]
(astronomy)
A month based on the moon's phases.

synodic month

synodic month
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The average period of revolution of the moon about the earth with respect to the sun, a period of 29 days 12 h 44 min 2.8 s. This is sometimes called the month of the phases, because it extends from the new moon to the next new moon. Also called lunation.
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missing between the synodic months of Caitra and Bhadra, then the month
In this 800-year span I found the shortest synodic month, or lunation, is 29d 6h 31m; it began with the new Moon on June 18, 1708.
Although at present, corn storage lengths range from three to 24 months, at the time of the Inca Empire maize was stored for 10 months (10 synodic months, 10 x 29 1/2 = 295 days), indicating that corn was commonly consumed prior to or by the time the new season's maize was ready for harvesting (see Tables 1 & 2).
They discovered in the last millennium BC the eclipse cycle with a period of 223 synodic months or about 18 years, 11 days and 8 hours (North, 1995).
But 12 lunar synodic months include only about 354 days, about 11 days short of a solar year.