Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 9 December 2005 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 8 December 2005 at 09:36 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2005 after 6 days on 15 December 2005 at 16:16.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 73 of Meeus index or 1026 from Brown series.
Length of current 73 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 11 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes longer than next lunation 74 length.
Length of current synodic month is 33 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 36 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠306.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠329.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
4 days after point of perigee on 5 December 2005 at 04:32 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2005 at 02:49 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 367 123 km (228 120 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 014 km (251 664 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 27 November 2005 at 07:13 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 December 2005 at 04:50 in ♈ Aries.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous South standstill on 3 December 2005 at 04:51 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.415°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.378° in the next northern standstill on 16 December 2005 at 07:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 15 December 2005 at 16:16 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.