Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 2 December 2008 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2008 | December 2008

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

Waxing Crescent 19% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 19% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 27 November 2008 at 16:55.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon is entering ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1787"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1947".

Cold Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2008 after 10 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37.

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 110 / 1063

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 110 of Meeus index or 1063 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.81 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 28 minutes. It is 5 minutes shorter 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 6 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 19 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠161.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠161.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠186.6°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 29 November 2008 at 16:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 12 December 2008 at 21:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 401 113 km

The Moon is 401 113 km (249 240 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 568 km (221 561 mi).

Moon before ascending node

13 days after descending node on 18 November 2008 at 18:37 in ♌ Leo. 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 3 December 2008 at 04:47 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the previous standstill on 29 November 2008 at 02:41 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.025°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.024° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 December 2008 at 18:39 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37 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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