Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 15 December 2023 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | December 2023

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

Waxing Crescent 8% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 12 December 2023 at 23:32.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1947"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 11 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.

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 296 / 1249

The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 296 of Meeus index or 1249 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

Length of current 296 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 25 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 297 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 19 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 50 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠303.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠303.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠328°. 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 perigee

10 days after point of apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 368 202 km

Moon is 368 202 km (228 790 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 900 km (228 602 mi).

Moon before ascending node

6 days after its descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day after previous South standstill on 13 December 2023 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.151°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.131° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2023 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33 in ♋ Cancer, 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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