Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 6 December 2001 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2001 | December 2001

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

Waning Gibbous 65% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 65% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 30 November 2001 at 20:49.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1969"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1948".

Beaver Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 23 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.

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 23 / 976

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 23 of Meeus index or 976 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠53.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠86.2°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 22:48. It is 13 days after previous apogee on 23 November 2001 at 15:46 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 370 114 km

This perigee Moon is 370 114 km (229 978 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest perigee of 2001. It is 7 606 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 242 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 2 December 2001 at 05:30 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

3 days since the previous standstill on 3 December 2001 at 06:54 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.246°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 9 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.250° at the point of next southern standstill on 16 December 2001 at 07:51 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 14 December 2001 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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