Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 December 2001 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2001 | December 2001

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

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 2 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 14 December 2001 at 20:48.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1817"

Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1817" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 13 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.

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 24 / 977

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 24 of Meeus index or 977 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 31 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 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠86.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠86.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠123.9°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2001 at 22:48 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 394 397 km

The Moon is 394 397 km (245 067 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 634 km (251 428 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 December 2001 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon at southern standstill

At 07:51 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-24.250°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2001. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠24.244° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 30 December 2001 at 15:40.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41 in ♋ Cancer the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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