Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 19 December 2016 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2016 | December 2016

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

Waning Gibbous 66% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 66% and getting smaller. The 20 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 14 December 2016 at 00:06.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1843"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon before 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2017 after 23 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34.

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 209 / 1162

The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.77 days

Length of current 209 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 210 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠194.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠194.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠223.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon before apogee

6 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2016 at 23:27 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 389 020 km

Moon is 389 020 km (241 726 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 870 km (252 196 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 04:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius.

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New draconic month

At 04:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

4 days after previous North standstill on 14 December 2016 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.937°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.958° in the next southern standstill on 29 December 2016 at 03:30 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 29 December 2016 at 06:53 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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