Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 14 December 2016 Wednesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1950".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2016.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.
Length of current 209 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 210 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠194.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠223.4°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 12 December 2016 at 23:27 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 367 032 km (228 063 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 870 km (252 196 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 6 December 2016 at 17:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 21:43 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.937°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2016. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.958° in its southern standstill point on 29 December 2016 at 03:30 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.