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Moon phase on 3 December 2011 Saturday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♓ Pisces.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 2 December 2011 at 09:52 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2011 after 7 days on 10 December 2011 at 14:36.
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.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 147 of Meeus index or 1100 from Brown series.
Length of current 147 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 36 minutes shorter than next lunation 148 length.
Length of current synodic month is 47 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 22 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠21.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠42.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
9 days after point of perigee on 23 November 2011 at 23:24 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 December 2011 at 01:13 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 401 334 km (249 377 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 414 km (251 913 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 26 November 2011 at 01:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2011 at 07:04 in ♊ Gemini.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 26 November 2011 at 06:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.552°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.554° in the next northern standstill on 10 December 2011 at 13:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 7 days on 10 December 2011 at 14:36 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.