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Maas in Panchaang

Maas or Month, a Lunar month, is also a part of Panchaang. These are also 12 in number, like Gregorian or solar calendar and come in a specific sequence. Their names are -

(1) Chait, or Chaitra, (2) Baisaakh, or Vaishaakh, (3) Jeth, Jyeshth, (4) Asaadh, or Aashaadh, (5) Saavan, or Shraavan, (6) Bhaadon, or Bhaadrapad, (7) Kuaar, or Aashwin, or Asauj, (8) Kaatik, or Kaarttik, (9) Agahan, or Agrahan or Maargsheersh, (10) Poos, or Paush, (11) Mahaa, or Maagh, (12) Phaagun, or Phaalgun.

Otherwise there are several types of lunar month, but usually the term lunar month refers to the Synodic month, because it is the average time between Moon phases.

Synodic Month
A Synodic month is defined as the average time between the two New Moons and is observed  29.53059 days (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 2.8 seconds) long. A New Moon or a Full Moon happens when the Moon crosses the plane that is perpendicular to Earth's orbital plane and passes through the centers of the Earth and the Sun.

Draconic Month
The Draconic month or nodal month is the period in which the Moon returns to the same node of its orbit; the nodes are the two points where the Moon's orbit crosses the plane of the Earth's orbit. Its duration is about 27.21222 days on average.
The tropical month is the average time for the Moon to pass twice throught the same equinox point of the sky. It is 27.32158 days, slightly shorter than the sidereal month of 27.32166 days, because of precession of the equinoxes. Unlike the sidereal month, it can be measured precisely.

The sidereal month is defined as the Moon's orbital period in a non-rotating frame of reference (which on average is equal to its rotation period in the same frame). It is about 27.32166 days (27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, 11.6 seconds). The exact duration of the orbital period cannot be easily determined, because the 'non-rotating frame of reference' cannot be observed directly. However, it is approximately equal to the time it takes the Moon to pass twice a fixed star (different stars give different results because all have proper motions).
An anomalistic month is the average time the Moon takes to go from perigee to perigee - the point in the Moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth. An anomalistic month is about 27.55455 days on average.

A Synodic month is longer than a sidereal month because the Earth-Moon system is orbiting the Sun in the same direction as the Moon is orbiting the Earth. Therefore, the Sun appears to move with respect to the stars, and it takes about 2.2 days longer for the Moon to return to the apparent position of the Sun.

A Draconitic month is shorter than a Sidereal month because the nodes move in the opposite direction as the Moon is orbiting the Earth, one revolution in 18 years. Therefore, the Moon returns to the same node slightly earlier than it returns to the same star.

An anomalistic is longer than a sidereal month because the perigee moves in the same direction as the Moon is orbiting the Earth, one revolution in nine years. Therefore, the Moon takes a little longer to return to perigee than to return to the same star.

Thus one Yog stays for just a little over a day.



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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 07/09/2012