Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 December 2068 Monday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2068 | December 2068

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

Waning Crescent 42% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 23 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 16 December 2068 at 14:11.

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 21 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2069 after 21 days on 7 January 2069 at 13:43.

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 852 / 1805

The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 852 of Meeus index or 1805 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.67 days

Length of current 852 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 853 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠241.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠241.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠279.4°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 15:04, this is 11 days after last perigee on 5 December 2068 at 19:40 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 28 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 14 January 2069 at 12:33 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 404 457 km

This apogee Moon is 404 457 km (251 318 mi) away from Earth. It is 951 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 252 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

10 days after its descending node on 7 December 2068 at 05:58 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2068 at 08:54 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days after previous North standstill on 9 December 2068 at 01:53 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.669°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.663° in the next southern standstill on 23 December 2068 at 11:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

After 7 days on 24 December 2068 at 13:44 in ♐ Sagittarius, 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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