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Moon phase on 17 December 2049 Friday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 50% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 17 December 2049 at 11:15 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2050 after 21 days on 8 January 2050 at 01:39.
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.
The Moon is 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 617 of Meeus index or 1570 from Brown series.
Length of current 617 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 16 minutes. It is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than next lunation 618 length.
Length of current synodic month is 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠310.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠332.9°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 14 December 2049 at 11:17 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 December 2049 at 08:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 400 074 km (248 594 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 939 km (224 277 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 7 December 2049 at 22:33 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 December 2049 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 9 December 2049 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.283°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.275° in the next southern standstill on 23 December 2049 at 17:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 7 days on 24 December 2049 at 17:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.