Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 3 December 2008 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days 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.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1801" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2008 after 9 days on 12 December 2008 at 16:37.
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 5 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 29 November 2008 at 16:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2008 at 21:37 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 397 924 km (247 259 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 568 km (221 561 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♒ Aquarius at 04:47 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 15 December 2008 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo.
At 04:47 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
4 days after previous South standstill on 29 November 2008 at 02:41 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.025°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.024° in the next northern standstill on 12 December 2008 at 18:39 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 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.