Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 16 December 2014 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 14 December 2014 at 12:51.
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 ∠16° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1797" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 19 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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2014 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 398 859 km (247 839 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 791 km (226 671 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 13:27 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries.
At 13:27 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
9 days after previous North standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.660°. Next 5 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 5 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.