Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 23 December 2042 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2042 | December 2042

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

Waxing Gibbous 86% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 20 December 2042 at 00:28.

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 ∠18° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 3 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2042 after 3 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43.

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 531 / 1484

The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 531 of Meeus index or 1484 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.68 days

Length of current 531 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 24 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 532 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠232°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠232°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.3°. 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 perigee

15 days after point of apogee on 8 December 2042 at 00:37 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 24 December 2042 at 02:12 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 364 091 km

Moon is 364 091 km (226 236 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 795 km (226 673 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after its ascending node on 21 December 2042 at 04:46 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 January 2043 at 07:24 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2042 at 13:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.294°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.289° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2042 at 13:20 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43 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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