Moon* ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 21 December 2014 Sunday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1905" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 14 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 12:32 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 184 of Meeus index or 1137 from Brown series.
29 days, 13 hours and 4 minutes is the length of new lunation 184. 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°).
8 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 376 214 km (233 769 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 791 km (226 671 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 16 December 2014 at 13:27 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 in ♈ Aries.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 18:25 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.665°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.650° in its northern standstill point on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.