Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 16 December 2076 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 10 December 2076 at 11:35.
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 ∠3° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2077 after 23 days on 9 January 2077 at 04:37.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 951 of Meeus index or 1904 from Brown series.
Length of current 951 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 25 minutes. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes longer than next lunation 952 length.
Length of current synodic month is 41 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 22 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠290.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠319.3°. 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 apogee on this date at 20:13, this is 15 days after last perigee on 1 December 2076 at 16:17 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 28 December 2076 at 13:46 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 712 km (251 476 mi) away from Earth. It is 696 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 997 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after its ascending node on 10 December 2076 at 07:37 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2076 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 12 December 2076 at 04:08 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.101°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.094° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2076 at 10:19 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 26 December 2076 at 00:53 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.