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Moon phase on 9 December 2005 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2005 | December 2005

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 62% illuminated

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.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon is entering ♈ Aries

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1952"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2005 after 6 days on 15 December 2005 at 16:16.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 73 / 1026

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.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 11 minutes. It is 1 hour and 8 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 33 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 36 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠306.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠306.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠329.9°.

Moon after perigee

4 days after point of perigee on 5 December 2005 at 04:32 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 21 December 2005 at 02:49 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 367 123 km

The Moon is 367 123 km (228 120 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 11 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 014 km (251 664 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 27 November 2005 at 07:13 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 10 December 2005 at 04:50 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 3 December 2005 at 04:51 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.415°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.378° at the point of next northern standstill on 16 December 2005 at 07:14 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 6 days

In 6 days on 15 December 2005 at 16:16 in ♊ Gemini 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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