Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 21 December 2042 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 20 December 2042 at 00:28.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2042 after 5 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 531 of Meeus index or 1484 from Brown series.
Length of current 531 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 24 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 532 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 40 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 23 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠269.3°. 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°).
13 days after point of apogee on 8 December 2042 at 00:37 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2042 at 02:12 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 717 km (226 003 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 795 km (226 673 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 04:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 3 January 2043 at 07:24 in ♎ Libra.
At 04:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
7 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2042 at 13:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.294°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.289° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2042 at 13:20 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 26 December 2042 at 17:43 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.