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Moon phase on 21 December 2019 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2019 | December 2019

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

Waning Crescent 25% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 25% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 19 December 2019 at 04:57.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1956"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2020 after 20 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.

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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 after perigee

2 days after point of perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 January 2020 at 01:30 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 366 525 km

Moon is 366 525 km (227 748 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 580 km (251 394 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after its ascending node on 13 December 2019 at 14:15 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 December 2019 at 13:01 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

7 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

7 days after previous North standstill on 13 December 2019 at 20:57 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.226°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.227° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2019 at 20:11 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 4 days

After 4 days on 26 December 2019 at 05:13 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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