Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 20 December 2061 Tuesday 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 55% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♈ Aries.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 December 2061 at 23:58 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1890" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2061 after 6 days on 26 December 2061 at 16:53.
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 766 of Meeus index or 1719 from Brown series.
Length of current 766 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 20 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2061. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes longer than next lunation 767 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 36 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 27 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠176.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠201.9°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2061 at 07:27 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 18 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 January 2062 at 09:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 379 322 km (235 700 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 18 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 473 km (252 571 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 15:02 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 2 January 2062 at 00:30 in ♎ Libra.
At 15:02 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
7 days after previous South standstill on 12 December 2061 at 21:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.385°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.396° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2061 at 10:29 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 26 December 2061 at 16:53 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.