Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 23% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days 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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♏ Scorpio later.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1814" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 18 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 24 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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 26 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠289.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠318°.
4 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2014 at 23:02 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 395 058 km (245 478 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 364 791 km (226 671 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 7 December 2014 at 09:06 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.660°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-18.665° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 4 days on 22 December 2014 at 01:36 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.