Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 December 2018 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | December 2018

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

Waxing Crescent 1% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 7 December 2018 at 07:20.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1796"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 14 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.

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 234 / 1187

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 234 of Meeus index or 1187 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.76 days

Length of current 234 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 235 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠116.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠116.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠149.4°. 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 before apogee

11 days after point of perigee on 26 November 2018 at 12:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 399 060 km

Moon is 399 060 km (247 964 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 177 km (251 765 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 27 November 2018 at 05:18 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

12 days after previous North standstill on 26 November 2018 at 01:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.485°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.539° in the next southern standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 14 days

After 14 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49 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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