Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 30 December 2078 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 26 December 2078 at 01:16.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2079 after 17 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 02:17, this is 12 days after last perigee on 17 December 2078 at 21:10 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 January 2079 at 03:12 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 405 665 km (252 069 mi) away from Earth. It is 257 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 044 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 28 December 2078 at 21:50 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 January 2079 at 23:02 in ♉ Taurus.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 19 December 2078 at 14:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.536°. Next 3 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 3 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.