Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 December 2010 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2010 | December 2010

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

Waxing Gibbous 68% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 68% 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 13 December 2010 at 13:59.

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 ∠14° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2010 after 5 days on 21 December 2010 at 08:13.

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 135 / 1088

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 135 of Meeus index or 1088 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

Length of current 135 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes. It is 2 hours and 1 minute shorter than next lunation 136 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠67°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠67°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠103.5°. 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 13 December 2010 at 08:34 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 December 2010 at 12:24 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 403 208 km

Moon is 403 208 km (250 542 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 463 km (228 952 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after its ascending node on 7 December 2010 at 04:15 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 December 2010 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 6 December 2010 at 02:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.233°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.238° in the next northern standstill on 20 December 2010 at 12:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 21 December 2010 at 08:13 in ♊ Gemini, 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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