Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 December 2009 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2009 | December 2009

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

Waxing Crescent 1% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 16 December 2009 at 12:02.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1783"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 14 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 14 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 123 / 1076

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 123 of Meeus index or 1076 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.8 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2009. It is 31 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠135.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠164.3°.

Moon before perigee

12 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2009 at 14:12 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 402 002 km

The Moon is 402 002 km (249 792 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 731 km (252 110 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after descending node on 5 December 2009 at 03:18 in ♋ Cancer. 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 18 December 2009 at 16:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 16 December 2009 at 02:38 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.769°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.787° at the point of next northern standstill on 30 December 2009 at 10:09 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 14 days

In 14 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13 in ♋ Cancer 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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