Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 24 December 2012 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2012 | December 2012

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

Waxing Gibbous 87% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

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.

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 20 December 2012 at 05:19.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Cold Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December after 3 days on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1951".

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 160 / 1113

Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 160 of Meeus index or 1113 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

Length of current 160 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 161.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠6.8°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠6.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠23.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before apogee

11 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2012 at 23:14, lunar orbit gets wider while the Moon moves outward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 1 day until it gets to the point of apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19.

Distance to Moon 404 057 km

Moon is 404 057 km (251 069 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous perigee point before 11 days, distance is 357 074 km (221 875 mi). Moon moves farther next 1 day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 406 101 km (252 339 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node at 22:27 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 7 January 2013 at 23:50.

Draconic month

12 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving through the middle part of current draconic month.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2012 at 03:48, when Moon reaches southern declination of ∠-20.926°, lunar orbit moves northward for the next 2 days to face North declination of ∠20.927° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2012 at 21:24.

Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

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