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Moon phase on 5 December 2006 Tuesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1898" and ∠1947".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2006.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 85 of Meeus index or 1038 from Brown series.
Length of current 85 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 86 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠238.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠276.5°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 2 December 2006 at 00:06 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 13 December 2006 at 18:55 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 377 645 km (234 658 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 418 km (251 294 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 29 November 2006 at 10:26 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 23 November 2006 at 07:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.442°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.402° in the next northern standstill on 6 December 2006 at 03:33 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.