Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 16 December 2068 Sunday 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 51% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♍ Virgo.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 16 December 2068 at 14:11 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2069 after 22 days on 7 January 2069 at 13:43.
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 852 of Meeus index or 1805 from Brown series.
Length of current 852 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 2 minutes. It is 2 hours and 10 minutes longer than next lunation 853 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠241.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠279.4°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 5 December 2068 at 19:40 in ♈ Aries. 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 17 December 2068 at 15:04 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 404 717 km (251 479 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 457 km (251 318 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 7 December 2068 at 05:58 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 21 December 2068 at 08:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 9 December 2068 at 01:53 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.669°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.663° in the next southern standstill on 23 December 2068 at 11:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 24 December 2068 at 13:44 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.