Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 December 2071 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 December 2071 at 22:57.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2072 after 18 days on 5 January 2072 at 18:13.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 889 of Meeus index or 1842 from Brown series.
Length of current 889 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 47 minutes. It is 2 hours and 1 minute shorter than next lunation 890 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠102.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠138.1°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 9 December 2071 at 10:47 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 December 2071 at 10:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 387 493 km (240 777 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 839 km (252 177 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 14 December 2071 at 01:42 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 2071 at 08:59 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.
10 days after previous North standstill on 8 December 2071 at 10:00 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.456°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.491° in the next southern standstill on 21 December 2071 at 16:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 21 December 2071 at 11:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.