Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 December 2081 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2081 | December 2081

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

Waning Gibbous 94% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 16 December 2081 at 04:31.

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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1918"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1918" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2082 after 27 days on 14 January 2082 at 18:11.

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 1013 / 1966

The Moon is 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1013 of Meeus index or 1966 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.58 days

Length of current 1013 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 52 minutes. It is 2 hours and 26 minutes shorter than next lunation 1014 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 8 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 55 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠52.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠52.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠84.8°. 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 before perigee

9 days after point of apogee on 9 December 2081 at 00:48 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 December 2081 at 10:49 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 373 750 km

Moon is 373 750 km (232 237 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 264 km (230 071 mi).

Moon before descending node

10 days after its ascending node on 7 December 2081 at 17:00 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 December 2081 at 12:04 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 16 December 2081 at 08:03 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.126°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.138° in the next southern standstill on 29 December 2081 at 05:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

After 11 days on 30 December 2081 at 04:28 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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