Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 17 December 2044 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 11 December 2044 at 14:52.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2045 after 16 days on 3 January 2045 at 10:20.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 555 of Meeus index or 1508 from Brown series.
Length of current 555 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes. It is 1 hour and 37 minutes shorter than next lunation 556 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠126.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠156.9°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2044 at 08:05 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 December 2044 at 20:29 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 398 241 km (247 455 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 354 km (252 497 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 10 December 2044 at 12:32 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 December 2044 at 21:19 in ♒ Aquarius.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 5 December 2044 at 19:56 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.056°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.031° in the next southern standstill on 19 December 2044 at 04:38 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 19 December 2044 at 08:53 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.