Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 11 December 2023 Monday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | December 2023

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

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 5 December 2023 at 05:49.

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 is entering ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1859"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1949".

Cold Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 15 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.

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 295 / 1248

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 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 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠269.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠269.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠303.6°.

Moon before apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 385 676 km

The Moon is 385 676 km (239 648 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 900 km (228 602 mi).

Moon after descending node

2 days after descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days since the previous standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.191°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.151° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2023 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 12 December 2023 at 23:32 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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