Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 18 December 2054 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 14 December 2054 at 22:41.
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 ∠14° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2055 after 25 days on 13 January 2055 at 11:21.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 679 of Meeus index or 1632 from Brown series.
Length of current 679 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 29 minutes shorter than next lunation 680 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠72.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠109.3°. 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 perigee on this date at 16:08, this is 11 days after last apogee on 6 December 2054 at 16:51 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 3 January 2055 at 13:48 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 367 712 km (228 486 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 204 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 644 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 23:30 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 1 January 2055 at 10:10 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 23:30 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
2 days after previous North standstill on 16 December 2054 at 01:47 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.747°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.763° in the next southern standstill on 29 December 2054 at 03:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 28 December 2054 at 23:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.