Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 16 December 2027 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 13 December 2027 at 16:09.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2028 after 26 days on 12 January 2028 at 04:03.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 345 of Meeus index or 1298 from Brown series.
Length of current 345 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 346 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠96°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠132.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:21, this is 11 days after last apogee on 4 December 2027 at 08:42 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 1 January 2028 at 03:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 364 026 km (226 195 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 518 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 330 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 12:21 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 30 December 2027 at 00:51 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 13 December 2027 at 16:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.569°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.576° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2027 at 15:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 27 December 2027 at 20:12 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.