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Moon phase on 4 December 2015 Friday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | December 2015

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

Waning Crescent 39% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 39% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 3 December 2015 at 07:40.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 20 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.

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 196 / 1149

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

Length of current 196 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than next lunation 197 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠220.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠220.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠255.6°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of perigee on 23 November 2015 at 20:06 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 December 2015 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 404 592 km

Moon is 404 592 km (251 402 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 800 km (251 531 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 18:33 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 18 December 2015 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.

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New draconic month

At 18:33 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.384°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.438° in the next southern standstill on 12 December 2015 at 08:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 11 December 2015 at 10:29 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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