Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 21 December 2050 Wednesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 54% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 21 December 2050 at 04:15 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2050 after 6 days on 28 December 2050 at 05:15.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 630 of Meeus index or 1583 from Brown series.
Length of current 630 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 40 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes longer than next lunation 631 length.
Length of current synodic month is 56 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 7 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠282.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠313.4°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 20 December 2050 at 16:49 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 January 2051 at 00:04 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 363 426 km (225 822 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 452 km (251 315 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 11 December 2050 at 00:42 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2050 at 02:37 in ♉ Taurus.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 14 December 2050 at 02:00 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.822°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.815° in the next northern standstill on 27 December 2050 at 00:57 in ♊ Gemini.
After 6 days on 28 December 2050 at 05:15 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.