Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 15 December 2031 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2031 | December 2031

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

Waxing Crescent 2% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 14 December 2031 at 09:06.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2031 after 13 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33.

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 395 / 1348

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 395 of Meeus index or 1348 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.46 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2031. It is 43 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 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠334.7°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠334.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠351.6°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 21:31. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 3 December 2031 at 22:35 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 16 days, until point of next apogee on 31 December 2031 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 360 489 km

This perigee Moon is 360 489 km (223 997 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 019 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 867 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 12 December 2031 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 24 December 2031 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 14 December 2031 at 04:45 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.356°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.355° at the point of next northern standstill on 27 December 2031 at 07:41 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33 in ♋ Cancer 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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