Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 27 December 2012 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 14 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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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 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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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.

7 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 7 days on 20 December 2012 at 05:19.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Cold Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December after 1 day on 28 December 2012 at 10:21.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1771"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.69% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1951".

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 160 / 1113

Moon is 14 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 after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 13 days until it gets to the point of perigee on 10 January 2013 at 10:26.

Distance to Moon 404 775 km

Moon is 404 775 km (251 516 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 1 day, distance is 406 101 km (252 339 mi). Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 360 048 km (223 723 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 January 2013 at 23:50.

Draconic month

15 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 26 December 2012 at 21:24, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠20.927°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 13 days to face South declination of ∠-20.879° in the next southern standstill on 9 January 2013 at 15:22.

Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day 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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