Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 27 December 2001 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2001 | December 2001

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

Waxing Gibbous 90% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 90% and growing larger. The 11 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 22 December 2001 at 20:56.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1843"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2001 after 2 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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 apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 21 December 2001 at 13:02 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 2 January 2002 at 07:13 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 388 853 km

The Moon is 388 853 km (241 622 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 412 km (227 056 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 15 December 2001 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 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

25 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 before northern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 16 December 2001 at 07:51 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.250°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.244° at the point of next northern standstill on 30 December 2001 at 15:40 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 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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