Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 29 December 2072 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 25 December 2072 at 07:15.
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 first ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2073 after 25 days on 23 January 2073 at 20:05.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 902 of Meeus index or 1855 from Brown series.
Length of current 902 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter than next lunation 903 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠69°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠105.7°. 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 06:59, this is 12 days after last apogee on 17 December 2072 at 05:19 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 14 January 2073 at 02:24 in ♓ Pisces.
This perigee Moon is 368 220 km (228 801 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 712 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 136 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 08:37 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 11 January 2073 at 18:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 08:37 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous North standstill on 25 December 2072 at 11:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.089°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.079° in the next southern standstill on 7 January 2073 at 10:43 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 8 January 2073 at 08:11 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.