Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 2 December 2016 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | December 2016

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

Waxing Crescent 8% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 29 November 2016 at 12:18.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1806"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1806" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2016 after 11 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06.

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 209 / 1162

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.77 days

Length of current 209 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 210 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠194.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠194.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠223.4°. 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 apogee

4 days after point of apogee on 27 November 2016 at 20:08 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2016 at 23:27 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 396 882 km

Moon is 396 882 km (246 611 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 463 km (222 739 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after its ascending node on 22 November 2016 at 02:48 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 December 2016 at 17:35 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 1 December 2016 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.908°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.937° in the next northern standstill on 14 December 2016 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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