Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 27 November 2008 at 16:55.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1946".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2008 after 13 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 110 of Meeus index or 1063 from Brown series.
Length of current 110 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 28 minutes. It is 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 111 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠161.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠186.6°. 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 16:55, this is 15 days after last perigee on 14 November 2008 at 09:59 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2008 at 21:37 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 406 480 km (252 575 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 072 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 229 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 18 November 2008 at 18:37 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 December 2008 at 04:47 in ♒ Aquarius.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 02:41 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.025°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2008. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.024° in its northern standstill point on 12 December 2008 at 18:39 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.