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Moon phase on 16 December 2022 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 49% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 December 2022 at 08:56 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1817" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 21 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 283 of Meeus index or 1236 from Brown series.
Length of current 283 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes. It is 44 minutes longer than next lunation 284 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 24 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠325.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠344.3°. 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 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo. 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 24 December 2022 at 08:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 394 571 km (245 175 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 270 km (222 619 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 5 December 2022 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus, 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 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 9 December 2022 at 21:22 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.432°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.418° in the next southern standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 23 December 2022 at 10:17 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.