Moon* ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 26 December 2008 Friday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 7 days on 19 December 2008 at 10:29.
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 ∠24° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2009 after 15 days on 11 January 2009 at 03:27.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 17:50, this is 13 days after last perigee on 12 December 2008 at 21:37 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 10 January 2009 at 10:52 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 602 km (252 651 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2008. It is 1 194 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 107 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 15 December 2008 at 23:02 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 30 December 2008 at 07:40 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 08:03 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.026°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.060° in its northern standstill point on 9 January 2009 at 05:38 in ♊ Gemini.
After 1 day on 27 December 2008 at 12:23 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.