Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 December 2006 Monday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 12 December 2006 at 14:32.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1812" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2007 after 16 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57.
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.
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 85 of Meeus index or 1038 from Brown series.
Length of current 85 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 86 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠238.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠276.5°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 13 December 2006 at 18:55 in ♍ Virgo. 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 28 December 2006 at 01:48 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 395 652 km (245 847 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 321 km (230 107 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 12 December 2006 at 15:19 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 December 2006 at 10:36 in ♓ Pisces.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 6 December 2006 at 03:33 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.402°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.378° in the next southern standstill on 20 December 2006 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 20 December 2006 at 14:01 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.