Quarter ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 24 December 2078 Saturday 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 5 days on 18 December 2078 at 23:34.
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 about ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2079 after 23 days on 17 January 2079 at 11:06.
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 976 of Meeus index or 1929 from Brown series.
Length of current 976 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes longer than next lunation 977 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠196.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠225.6°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 17 December 2078 at 21:10 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 December 2078 at 02:17 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 389 733 km (242 169 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 665 km (252 069 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 15 December 2078 at 19:09 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 December 2078 at 21:50 in ♏ Scorpio.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 19 December 2078 at 14:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.536°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.521° in the next southern standstill on 2 January 2079 at 17:40 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 3 January 2079 at 06:50 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.