Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 December 2052 Wednesday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 13 December 2052 at 01:07.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1773" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2053 after 17 days on 4 January 2053 at 17:46.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 654 of Meeus index or 1607 from Brown series.
Length of current 654 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 13 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2052. It is 16 minutes longer than next lunation 655 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 29 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 34 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠165.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠190.2°. 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°).
12 days after point of perigee on 6 December 2052 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 December 2052 at 00:02 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 404 164 km (251 136 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 649 km (252 680 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 13 December 2052 at 19:44 in ♍ Virgo, 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 28 December 2052 at 11:06 in ♓ Pisces.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 7 December 2052 at 06:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.396°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.432° in the next southern standstill on 21 December 2052 at 04:09 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 21 December 2052 at 04:15 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.