Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 8 December 2015 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2015 | December 2015

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

Waning Crescent 8% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 8% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 3 December 2015 at 07:40.

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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1782"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1948".

Cold Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 16 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.

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 196 / 1149

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 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 3 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 5 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠220.3°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠220.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠255.6°.

Moon after apogee

2 days after point of apogee on 5 December 2015 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 402 138 km

The Moon is 402 138 km (249 877 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 418 km (228 924 mi).

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 4 December 2015 at 18:33 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 18 December 2015 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.

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Draconic month

3 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.384°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.438° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 December 2015 at 08:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 11 December 2015 at 10:29 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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