Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2009 after 15 days on 31 December 2009 at 19:13.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 12:02 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 123 of Meeus index or 1076 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2009. It is 31 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 6 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 38 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
The true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At the beginning of the next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠164.3°.
11 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2009 at 14:12 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 4 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 December 2009 at 14:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 399 104 km (247 992 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 4 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 731 km (252 110 mi).
11 days after descending node on 5 December 2009 at 03:18 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 18 December 2009 at 16:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
25 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 02:38 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-25.769°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2009. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠25.787° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 30 December 2009 at 10:09.
The Moon is in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.