Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 22 December 2005 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2005 | December 2005

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

Waning Gibbous 62% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 62% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 15 December 2005 at 16:16.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1774"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1774" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2006 after 22 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48.

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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 21 December 2005 at 02:49 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 1 January 2006 at 22:50 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 404 142 km

The Moon is 404 142 km (251 122 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 750 km (224 781 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after ascending node on 10 December 2005 at 04:50 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2005 at 10:43 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

6 days since the previous standstill on 16 December 2005 at 07:14 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.378°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.387° at the point of next southern standstill on 30 December 2005 at 13:57 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 31 December 2005 at 03:12 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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