Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 16 December 2001 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 14 December 2001 at 20:48.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1817" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 13 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41.
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.
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.
Length of current 24 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 25 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠86.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠123.9°. 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°).
9 days 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 394 397 km (245 067 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 634 km (251 428 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 December 2001 at 14:51 in ♊ Gemini.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 07:51 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-24.250°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2001. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠24.244° in its northern standstill point on 30 December 2001 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 13 days on 30 December 2001 at 10:41 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.