Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 31 December 2014 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 28 December 2014 at 18:31.
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 ∠14° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1904" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2015 after 4 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 185 of Meeus index or 1138 from Brown series.
Length of current 185 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 38 minutes. It is 1 hour and 4 minutes longer than next lunation 186 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠318°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠338.3°. 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 24 December 2014 at 16:43 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 9 January 2015 at 18:17 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 376 474 km (233 930 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 411 km (251 911 mi).
2 days after its descending node on 29 December 2014 at 09:27 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 12 January 2015 at 15:33 in ♎ Libra.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 21 December 2014 at 18:25 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.665°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.650° in the next northern standstill on 3 January 2015 at 17:53 in ♊ Gemini.
After 4 days on 5 January 2015 at 04:53 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.