Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 3 January 2008 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 31 December 2007 at 07:51.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
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 2008 after 19 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 98 of Meeus index or 1051 from Brown series.
Length of current 98 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 50 minutes longer than next lunation 99 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 50 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠209.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠242.4°. 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 08:06, this is 11 days after last perigee on 22 December 2007 at 10:11 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 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 405 328 km (251 859 mi) away from Earth. It is 80 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 381 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
6 days after its descending node on 28 December 2007 at 02:57 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 11 January 2008 at 15:17 in ♒ Aquarius.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 23 December 2007 at 14:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.918°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.939° in the next southern standstill on 6 January 2008 at 15:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 4 days on 8 January 2008 at 11:37 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.