Moon Phase December 28, 2023: On this day the Moon will be in a Waning Gibbous. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the early morning daylight hours on the western horizon. This is the first phase after the Full Moon occurs. It lasts roughly 7 days with the Moon’s illumination growing smaller each day until the Moon becomes a Last Quarter Moon with an illumination of 50%.
The average Moon rise for this phase is between 9pm and Midnight depending on the age of the phase. The moon rises later and later each night setting after sunrise in the morning.
Visit the December 2023 Moon Phases Calendar to see all the daily moon phase for this month.
Waning Gibbous Phase
The Waning Gibbous on December 28 has an illumination of 98%. This is the percentage of the Moon illuminated by the Sun. The illumination is constantly changing and can vary up to 10% a day. On December 28 the Moon is 16.18 days old.
This refers to how many days it has been since the last New Moon. It takes 29.53 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth and go through the lunar cycle of all 8 Moon phases.
Moon phase for 28 December 2023 Thursday 12:00 UTC
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on 28 December 2023, Thursday. Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
Phase Details For December 28 2028
Phase: Waning Gibbous
Moon Age: 16.18 days
The Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 398,469.95 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,111,161.18 km
Moon Phase for Thursday Dec 28th, 2023
The current moon phase for December 28th, 2023 is the Waning Gibbous phase.
On this day, the moon is 15.07 days old and 99.03% illuminated with a tilt of -34.834°. The approximate distance from Earth to the moon is 395,261.86 km and the moon sign is Cancer.
The Moon phase for December 28th, 2023 is a Waning Gibbous phase. This is the first phase after the Full Moon where the illumination of the moon decreases each day until it reaches 50% (the Last Quarter phase).
The waning (shrinking) gibbous Moon will rise after sunset in the east, transit the meridian after midnight, before setting after sunrise in the west.
During this phase, the illumination of the moon will go down from 99.% to 50.1%. Technically, the phase starts as soon as the Full Moon has passed, but it can be difficult to calculate and differentiate the first stage of a Waning Gibbous Moon from a Full Moon when 98-99% of the Moon’s surface is illuminated.