Moon* ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 28 December 2016 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 ∠1785" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2017 after 14 days on 12 January 2017 at 11:34.
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 12:18 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 209 of Meeus index or 1162 from Brown series.
29 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes is the length of new lunation 209. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 25 December 2016 at 05:55 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2017 at 06:07 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 401 629 km (249 561 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 242 km (225 708 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 19 December 2016 at 04:46 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 2 January 2017 at 18:14 in ♒ Aquarius.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 14 December 2016 at 21:43 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.937°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.958° in the next southern standstill on 29 December 2016 at 03:30 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.