Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 5 December 2022 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2022 | December 2022

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

Waxing Gibbous 93% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 93% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 30 November 2022 at 14:36.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1839"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2022 after 2 days on 8 December 2022 at 04:08.

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 283 / 1236

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.47 days

Length of current 283 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 44 minutes longer than next lunation 284 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠325.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠344.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of perigee on 26 November 2022 at 01:30 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 389 669 km

Moon is 389 669 km (242 129 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 869 km (252 195 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♉ Taurus at 12:39 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio.

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New draconic month

At 12:39 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 26 November 2022 at 08:28 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.471°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.432° in the next northern standstill on 9 December 2022 at 21:22 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days on 8 December 2022 at 04:08 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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