Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 20 December 2006 Wednesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2007 after 14 days on 3 January 2007 at 13:57.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 14:01 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 86 of Meeus index or 1039 from Brown series.
29 days, 14 hours and 1 minute is the length of new lunation 86. It is 1 hour and 46 minutes longer than next lunation 87 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠276.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠308.6°. 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°).
6 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 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 28 December 2006 at 01:48 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 386 760 km (240 322 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 321 km (230 107 mi).
7 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 December 2006 at 10:36 in ♓ Pisces.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 13:40 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.378°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2006. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.396° in its northern standstill point on 2 January 2007 at 11:57 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.