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Moon phase on 12 December 2020 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | December 2020

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

Waning Crescent 7% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 8 December 2020 at 00:37.

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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 17 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2020 after 17 days on 30 December 2020 at 03:28.

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 258 / 1211

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 258 of Meeus index or 1211 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

Length of current 258 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 259 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠12.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠12.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠30.1°. 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 perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:42, this is 15 days after last apogee on 27 November 2020 at 00:29 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 December 2020 at 16:32 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 361 777 km

This perigee Moon is 361 777 km (224 798 mi) away from Earth. It is 731 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 579 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 1 December 2020 at 07:46 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 December 2020 at 11:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

9 days after previous North standstill on 3 December 2020 at 01:22 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.882°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.879° in the next southern standstill on 15 December 2020 at 22:23 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 14 December 2020 at 16:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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