Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 5 December 2009 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | December 2009

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

Waning Gibbous 86% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 2 December 2009 at 07:30.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1971"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon before 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 26 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.

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 122 / 1075

The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 122 of Meeus index or 1075 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

Length of current 122 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 123 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠99.9°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠99.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠135.6°. 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 perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 4 December 2009 at 14:12 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 15 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 363 640 km

Moon is 363 640 km (225 955 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 15 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 731 km (252 110 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♋ Cancer at 03:18 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 18 December 2009 at 16:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 2 December 2009 at 23:37 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.772°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.769° in the next southern standstill on 16 December 2009 at 02:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 16 December 2009 at 12:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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