Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 2 December 2017 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | December 2017

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

Waxing Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 26 November 2017 at 17:03.

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 ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1952"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1952" and ∠1946".

Cold Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2017 after 1 day on 3 December 2017 at 15:47.

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 221 / 1174

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 221 of Meeus index or 1174 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.78 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. It is 59 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 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠147°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠147°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠173.3°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 21 November 2017 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 4 December 2017 at 08:42 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 367 289 km

The Moon is 367 289 km (228 223 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 496 km (222 138 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 25 November 2017 at 08:22 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 8 December 2017 at 00:39 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 22 November 2017 at 02:06 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.959°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.015° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 December 2017 at 11:43 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 3 December 2017 at 15:47 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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