Quarter* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 6 December 2001 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 30 November 2001 at 20:49.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 23 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.
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.
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.
Length of current 23 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than next lunation 24 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠53.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠86.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 22:48, this is 13 days after last apogee on 23 November 2001 at 15:46 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces.
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 farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after its ascending node on 2 December 2001 at 05:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 3 December 2001 at 06:54 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.246°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.250° in the next southern standstill on 16 December 2001 at 07:51 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 8 days on 14 December 2001 at 20:48 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.