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Lunar Calendar Month December 2016 (United States)

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the fifth largest moon in the Solar System. It is the largest natural satellite in the solar system relative to the size of its planet. The following is information specific for Washington, District of Columbia, United States during December 2016.

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Date and time of moon phases

The information in the following table comes from calculations published by the Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Moon phasesDatesTime
1st quarter2016-12-0704:03
full moon2016-12-1319:05
3rd quarter2016-12-2020:56
new moon2016-12-2901:53

Apogee and perigee of the Moon

The following table shows the dates of perigee and apogee of the Moon during December 2016.

PositionDatesTimeDistanceNotes
Perigee2016-12-1218:28358,462 km
Apogee2016-12-2500:56405,869 km

Meteor Activity

Active meteor showers this month and their peak days. For more information, see the meteor shower calendar 2016.

NamePeak Day
Phoenicids2016-12-02
σ-Hydrids2016-12-11
Geminids2016-12-14
Dec. L. Minorids2016-12-19
Monocerotids2016-12-08
Comae Ber.2016-12-15
Ursids2016-12-22

Moon-Planet Conjunctions

A Moon-planet conjunction occurs when an astronomical object has either the same, or nearly the same, right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude of that of the Moon, as observed from Earth.

Astronomical ObjectsDate and Time
Venus2016-12-03 07:34
Mars2016-12-05 05:39
Aldebaran2016-12-12 23:14
Regulus2016-12-18 13:14
Jupiter2016-12-22 11:37

Illumination of the Moon

The following table depicts the illumination of the Moon, calculated at 00:00, throughtout the 31 days of December 2016.

December 2016
wMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Week 48
28Monday
 
29Tuesday
 
30Wednesday
 
1Thursday
 
2.6% illuminated
Age:1.5
2Friday
 
6.5% illuminated
Age:2.4
3Saturday
 
12.2% illuminated
Age:3.4
4Sunday
 
19.4% illuminated
Age:4.3
Week 49
5Monday
 
28.1% illuminated
Age:5.2
6Tuesday
 
37.8% illuminated
Age:6.2
7Wednesday
 
48.3% illuminated
Age:7.2
8Thursday
 
59.2% illuminated
Age:8.3
9Friday
 
70% illuminated
Age:9.3
10Saturday
 
80.1% illuminated
Age:10.4
11Sunday
 
88.7% illuminated
Age:11.5
Week 50
12Monday
 
95.2% illuminated
Age:12.7
13Tuesday
 
99% illuminated
Age:13.8
14Wednesday
 
99.9% illuminated
Age:15
15Thursday
 
97.9% illuminated
Age:16.1
16Friday
 
93.2% illuminated
Age:17.2
17Saturday
 
86.4% illuminated
Age:18.3
18Sunday
 
78% illuminated
Age:19.4
Week 51
19Monday
 
68.6% illuminated
Age:20.4
20Tuesday
 
58.8% illuminated
Age:21.3
21Wednesday
 
48.9% illuminated
Age:22.3
22Thursday
 
39.3% illuminated
Age:23.2
23Friday
 
30.2% illuminated
Age:24.1
24Saturday
 
21.9% illuminated
Age:25
25Sunday
 
14.7% illuminated
Age:25.8
Week 52
26Monday
 
8.6% illuminated
Age:26.7
27Tuesday
 
4.1% illuminated
Age:27.6
28Wednesday
 
1.1% illuminated
Age:28.5
29Thursday
 
0% illuminated
Age:29.4
30Friday
 
0.8% illuminated
Age:0.8
31Saturday
 
3.6% illuminated
Age:1.8
1Sunday
 
2Monday
 
3Tuesday
 
4Wednesday
 
5Thursday
 
6Friday
 
7Saturday
 
8Sunday
 
9Monday
 
10Tuesday
 
11Wednesday
 
12Thursday
 
13Friday
 
14Saturday
 
15Sunday
 
Content last updated on 2018-10-21T17:33:00Z