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Moon phase on 5 December 2019 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2019 | December 2019

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 61% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 4 December 2019 at 06:58 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2019 after 6 days on 12 December 2019 at 05:12.

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 246 / 1199

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 246 of Meeus index or 1199 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.59 days

Length of current 246 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 247 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠50.7°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠50.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠82.6°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 04:09, this is 11 days after last perigee on 23 November 2019 at 07:54 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 404 447 km

This apogee Moon is 404 447 km (251 312 mi) away from Earth. It is 961 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 262 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 29 November 2019 at 04:13 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 13 December 2019 at 14:15 in ♋ Cancer.

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Draconic month

19 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

6 days after previous South standstill on 29 November 2019 at 10:36 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.200°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.226° in the next northern standstill on 13 December 2019 at 20:57 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 12 December 2019 at 05:12 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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