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Moon phase on 25 December 2015 Friday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | December 2015

Full Moon phase
Full Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Full Moon 100% illuminated

Full Moon is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 100%. The 15 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 25 December 2015 at 11:11 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Moon is entering ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1888"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1888" and ∠1951".

It is Cold Moon

The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2015.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunation 197 / 1150

The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 197 of Meeus index or 1150 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

Length of current 197 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 198 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠255.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠255.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠292.2°. 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 after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 January 2016 at 11:53 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 379 691 km

Moon is 379 691 km (235 929 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 279 km (251 207 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 days after its descending node on 18 December 2015 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 31 December 2015 at 20:19 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon in northern standstill

At 07:30 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.444°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.420° in its southern standstill point on 8 January 2016 at 17:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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