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Moon phase on 8 December 2001 Saturday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 7 December 2001 at 19:52 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 21 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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 6 December 2001 at 22:48 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 363 812 km (226 062 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 634 km (251 428 mi).
6 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 3 December 2001 at 06:54 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.246°. Next 7 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 6 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.