Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 December 2010 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2010 | December 2010

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

Waxing Gibbous 68% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 68% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 13 December 2010 at 13:59.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1778"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1778" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2010 after 5 days on 21 December 2010 at 08:13.

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 135 / 1088

The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 135 of Meeus index or 1088 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.64 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes. It is 2 hours and 1 minute 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 2 hours and 43 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠67°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠67°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠103.5°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 13 December 2010 at 08:34 in ♓ Pisces. 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 25 December 2010 at 12:24 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 403 208 km

The Moon is 403 208 km (250 542 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 10 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 463 km (228 952 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 7 December 2010 at 04:15 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 December 2010 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the previous standstill on 6 December 2010 at 02:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.233°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.238° at the point of next northern standstill on 20 December 2010 at 12:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 days on 21 December 2010 at 08:13 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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