Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 29 December 2008 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | December 2008

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

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 2 days 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 27 December 2008 at 12:23.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2009 after 12 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.

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 111 / 1064

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 111 of Meeus index or 1064 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

Length of current 111 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 33 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2008. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 112 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 49 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 14 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠186.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠186.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠213.2°. 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 after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 402 430 km

Moon is 402 430 km (250 058 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 501 km (222 141 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 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 day, 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

26 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 after southern standstill

3 days after previous South standstill on 26 December 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.026°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.060° in the next northern standstill on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27 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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