Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 24 December 2042 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days 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 first ∠2° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2042 after 2 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 12 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:12, this is 16 days after last apogee on 8 December 2042 at 00:37 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 4 January 2043 at 19:56 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 364 795 km (226 673 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 287 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 5 561 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its ascending node on 21 December 2042 at 04:46 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 3 January 2043 at 07:24 in ♎ Libra.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2042 at 13:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.294°. Next 2 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 2 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.