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Moon phase on 9 December 2024 Monday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2024 | December 2024

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

First Quarter 60% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 December 2024 at 15:27 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 ∠1° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♈ Aries later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2024 after 5 days on 15 December 2024 at 09:02.

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 308 / 1261

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 308 of Meeus index or 1261 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

Length of current 308 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 309 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠235.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠235.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠272.9°. 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

13 days after point of apogee on 26 November 2024 at 11:56 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2024 at 13:18 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 364 277 km

Moon is 364 277 km (226 351 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 360 km (227 024 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 19:36 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 22 December 2024 at 23:21 in ♍ Virgo.

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New draconic month

At 19:36 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

6 days after previous South standstill on 2 December 2024 at 22:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.452°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.428° in the next northern standstill on 15 December 2024 at 20:12 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 15 December 2024 at 09:02 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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