Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 21 December 2006 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | December 2006

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

Waxing Crescent 1% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 20 December 2006 at 14:01.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1877"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1877" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2007 after 13 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57.

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 86 / 1039

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 86 of Meeus index or 1039 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.58 days

Length of current 86 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes longer than next lunation 87 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠276.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠276.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠308.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before perigee

7 days after point of apogee on 13 December 2006 at 18:55 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 December 2006 at 01:48 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 381 954 km

Moon is 381 954 km (237 335 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 321 km (230 107 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 December 2006 at 10:36 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 20 December 2006 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.378°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.396° in the next northern standstill on 2 January 2007 at 11:57 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57 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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