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Moon phase on 26 December 2023 Tuesday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | December 2023

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

Full Moon 100% illuminated

Full Moon is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 100%. The 14 days old Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 27 December 2023 at 00:33 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1836"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1951".

It is Cold Moon

The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2023.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunation 296 / 1249

The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 296 of Meeus index or 1249 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.52 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 25 minutes. It is 1 hour and 23 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 19 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 50 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠303.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠303.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠328°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 1 January 2024 at 15:28 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 390 383 km

The Moon is 390 383 km (242 573 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 911 km (251 600 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 9 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 4 January 2024 at 18:52 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon at northern standstill

At 21:50 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.131°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.164° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 10 January 2024 at 07:04.

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Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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