Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 December 2085 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2085 | December 2085

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

Waxing Crescent 16% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 16% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 16 December 2085 at 22:38.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1963"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1951".

Cold Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2085 after 10 days on 30 December 2085 at 23:59.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 1063 / 2016

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1063 of Meeus index or 2016 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠305°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠305°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠329.2°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 14:38. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 8 December 2085 at 15:54 in ♍ Virgo. 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 5 January 2086 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 367 571 km

This perigee Moon is 367 571 km (228 398 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 063 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 785 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after ascending node

3 days after ascending node on 16 December 2085 at 17:31 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 29 December 2085 at 15:40 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

4 days since the previous standstill on 16 December 2085 at 09:38 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.307°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.313° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 December 2085 at 07:22 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 10 days

In 10 days on 30 December 2085 at 23:59 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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