Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 31 December 2051 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2051 | December 2051

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

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 24 December 2051 at 23:21.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1794"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2052 after 15 days on 16 January 2052 at 04:24.

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 642 / 1595

The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 642 of Meeus index or 1595 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.73 days

Length of current 642 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. It is 2 hours and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 643 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠214.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠214.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.4°. 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 after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 27 December 2051 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 January 2052 at 14:41 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 399 545 km

Moon is 399 545 km (248 266 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 399 km (228 291 mi).

Moon after ascending node

5 days after its ascending node on 26 December 2051 at 10:39 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 January 2052 at 09:32 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon in southern standstill

At 19:43 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.780°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.725° in its northern standstill point on 14 January 2052 at 01:12 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 2 January 2052 at 03:05 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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