Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 December 2008 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | December 2008

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

Waning Crescent 14% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 14% and getting smaller. The 25 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 19 December 2008 at 10:29.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1791"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1791" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2009 after 18 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.

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 110 / 1063

The Moon is 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 110 of Meeus index or 1063 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

Length of current 110 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 28 minutes. It is 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 111 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠161.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠161.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠186.6°. 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 apogee

10 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2008 at 21:37 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 400 202 km

Moon is 400 202 km (248 674 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 602 km (252 651 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after its descending node on 15 December 2008 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 30 December 2008 at 07:40 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 12 December 2008 at 18:39 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.024°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.026° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 days on 27 December 2008 at 12:23 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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