Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 16 December 2027 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2027 | December 2027

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 89% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 89% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 13 December 2027 at 16:09.

Moonrise and moonset

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 entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1950".

Cold Moon before 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2028 after 26 days on 12 January 2028 at 04:03.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 345 / 1298

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.

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Synodic month length 29.7 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 48 minutes. It is 2 hours and 12 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠96°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠96°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠132.4°.

Moon at perigee

Moon is at perigee at 02:21. It is 11 days after previous apogee on 4 December 2027 at 08:42 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 15 days, until point of next apogee on 1 January 2028 at 03:52 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Distance to Moon 364 026 km

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 further than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♌ Leo at 12:21 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 30 December 2027 at 00:51 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 13 December 2027 at 16:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.569°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.576° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 December 2027 at 15:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 27 December 2027 at 20:12 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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