Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 4 December 2014 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 5 days on 29 November 2014 at 10:06.
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 ∠17° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1893" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2014 after 2 days on 6 December 2014 at 12:27.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 184 of Meeus index or 1137 from Brown series.
Length of current 184 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 26 minutes longer than next lunation 185 length.
Length of current synodic month is 20 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 43 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠289.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠318°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 27 November 2014 at 23:11 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 December 2014 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 378 746 km (235 342 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 584 km (251 397 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 2 December 2014 at 08:32 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 24 November 2014 at 08:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.625°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.660° in the next northern standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini.
After 2 days on 6 December 2014 at 12:27 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.