Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 21 December 2048 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 20 December 2048 at 06:39.
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 about ∠13° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2049 after 28 days on 19 January 2049 at 02:29.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 605 of Meeus index or 1558 from Brown series.
Length of current 605 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 54 minutes. It is 3 minutes longer than next lunation 606 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 50 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠348.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠3.8°. 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 apogee on this date at 00:28, this is 14 days after last perigee on 6 December 2048 at 07:58 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 January 2049 at 21:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
This apogee Moon is 406 367 km (252 505 mi) away from Earth. It is 959 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 342 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
2 days after its descending node on 19 December 2048 at 09:29 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 January 2049 at 09:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 19 December 2048 at 07:59 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.926°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.914° in the next southern standstill on 2 January 2049 at 09:17 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 13 days on 4 January 2049 at 02:24 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.