Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 12 December 2008 Friday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1949".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2008.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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 perigee on this date at 21:37, this is 13 days after last apogee on 29 November 2008 at 16:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 26 December 2008 at 17:50 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 356 568 km (221 561 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2008. It is 5 940 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 143 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
9 days after its ascending node on 3 December 2008 at 04:47 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 15 December 2008 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 18:39 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠27.024°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2008. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-27.026° in its southern standstill point on 26 December 2008 at 08:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.