Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 16 December 2073 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2073 | December 2073

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

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 14 December 2073 at 13:49.

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 ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1842"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1842" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2074 after 27 days on 13 January 2074 at 06:31.

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 914 / 1867

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 914 of Meeus index or 1867 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.49 days

Length of current 914 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 59 minutes shorter than next lunation 915 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 1 minute shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 8 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠22.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠22.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠43.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 9 December 2073 at 22:16 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 December 2073 at 23:45 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 389 091 km

Moon is 389 091 km (241 770 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 051 km (226 832 mi).

Moon before ascending node

12 days after its descending node on 3 December 2073 at 22:40 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 18 December 2073 at 11:14 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 15 December 2073 at 22:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.261°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.262° in the next southern standstill on 28 December 2073 at 21:38 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 28 December 2073 at 16:55 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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