Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 December 2085 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2085 | December 2085

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

Waxing Crescent 16% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 16% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 16 December 2085 at 22:38.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1963"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2085 after 10 days on 30 December 2085 at 23:59.

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 1063 / 2016

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1063 of Meeus index or 2016 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 1063 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 1064 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 7 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠305°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠305°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠329.2°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 14:38, this is 11 days after last apogee on 8 December 2085 at 15:54 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 5 January 2086 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 367 571 km

This perigee Moon is 367 571 km (228 398 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 063 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 785 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after its ascending node on 16 December 2085 at 17:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 December 2085 at 15:40 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days after previous South standstill on 16 December 2085 at 09:38 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.307°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.313° in the next northern standstill on 29 December 2085 at 07:22 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 30 December 2085 at 23:59 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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