Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 24 December 2001 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2001 | December 2001

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

Waxing Gibbous 65% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 65% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 22 December 2001 at 20:56.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1788"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 5 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.

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 24 / 977

The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 24 of Meeus index or 977 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

Length of current 24 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 25 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠86.2°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠86.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠123.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 January 2002 at 07:13 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 400 822 km

Moon is 400 822 km (249 059 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 412 km (227 056 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after its descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 December 2001 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 16 December 2001 at 07:51 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.250°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.244° in the next northern standstill on 30 December 2001 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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