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 14 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

7 days after First Quarter

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

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 ♊ Gemini

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

Apparent angular diameter ∠1771"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 1 day

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

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 160 / 1113

The 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 length.

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 New Moon true anomaly is ∠6.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠23.3°. 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

1 day after point of apogee on 25 December 2012 at 21:19 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2013 at 10:26 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 404 775 km

Moon is 404 775 km (251 516 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 048 km (223 723 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after its descending node on 24 December 2012 at 22:27 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 January 2013 at 23:50 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

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

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 28 December 2012 at 10:21 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in First Quarter geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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