Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 11 December 2018 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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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 16% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 16% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days 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 in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 11 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.

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 234 / 1187

The Moon is 4 days 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

14 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 day, 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 405 254 km

Moon is 405 254 km (251 813 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 177 km (251 765 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 December 2018 at 11:54 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.539°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.550° in the next northern standstill on 23 December 2018 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 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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