Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 12 December 2014 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 6 December 2014 at 12:27.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 23 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 23:02, this is 14 days after last perigee on 27 November 2014 at 23:11 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.
This apogee Moon is 404 584 km (251 397 mi) away from Earth. It is 824 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 125 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.660°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.665° in the next southern standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 22 December 2014 at 01:36 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.