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Moon phase on 17 December 2070 Wednesday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1950".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2070.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 877 of Meeus index or 1830 from Brown series.
Length of current 877 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 22 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2070. It is 22 minutes longer than next lunation 878 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠163.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠187.9°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 19:41, this is 13 days after last apogee on 4 December 2070 at 13:36 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 8 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 26 December 2070 at 07:40 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 356 442 km (221 483 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2070. It is 6 066 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 17 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after its descending node on 12 December 2070 at 18:04 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 December 2070 at 04:13 in ♎ Libra.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 17:05 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠18.546°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-18.553° in its southern standstill point on 31 December 2070 at 07:48 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.