Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 8 December 2011 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 2 December 2011 at 09:52.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2011 after 2 days on 10 December 2011 at 14:36.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 147 of Meeus index or 1100 from Brown series.
Length of current 147 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 36 minutes shorter than next lunation 148 length.
Length of current synodic month is 47 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 22 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠21.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠42.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
2 days after point of apogee on 6 December 2011 at 01:13 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 December 2011 at 02:56 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 403 500 km (250 723 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 801 km (226 677 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 26 November 2011 at 01:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2011 at 07:04 in ♊ Gemini.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 26 November 2011 at 06:47 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-22.552°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠22.554° in the next northern standstill on 10 December 2011 at 13:37 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 10 December 2011 at 14:36 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.