Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 21 December 2045 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2045 | December 2045

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

Waxing Gibbous 92% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and growing larger. The 12 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 16 December 2045 at 13:08.

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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1859"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1859" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2045 after 2 days on 24 December 2045 at 00:49.

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 568 / 1521

The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 568 of Meeus index or 1521 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 3 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 3 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠92.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠92.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠129.2°.

Moon before apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 14 December 2045 at 21:16 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 26 December 2045 at 14:47 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 385 512 km

The Moon is 385 512 km (239 546 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 5 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 579 km (226 539 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 13 December 2045 at 03:42 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 December 2045 at 21:24 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

12 days since the previous standstill on 8 December 2045 at 23:23 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.229°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠27.241° at the point of next northern standstill on 23 December 2045 at 08:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 days on 24 December 2045 at 00:49 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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