Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 13 December 2006 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | December 2006

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

Waning Crescent 42% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 12 December 2006 at 14:32.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon is entering ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".

Wolf Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2007 after 21 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57.

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 85 / 1038

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 85 of Meeus index or 1038 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.65 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠238.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠238.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠276.5°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 18:55. It is 11 days after previous perigee on 2 December 2006 at 00:06 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 14 days, until point of next perigee on 28 December 2006 at 01:48 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 404 418 km

This apogee Moon is 404 418 km (251 294 mi) away from Earth. It is 990 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 291 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 December 2006 at 10:36 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

7 days since the previous standstill on 6 December 2006 at 03:33 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.402°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.378° at the point of next southern standstill on 20 December 2006 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 20 December 2006 at 14:01 in ♐ Sagittarius 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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