Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 5 December 2015 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 3 December 2015 at 07:40.
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 ∠7° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 19 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.
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 196 of Meeus index or 1149 from Brown series.
Length of current 196 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes longer than next lunation 197 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 5 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠220.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠255.6°. 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 14:56, this is 11 days after last perigee on 23 November 2015 at 20:06 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 800 km (251 531 mi) away from Earth. It is 608 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 909 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 4 December 2015 at 18:33 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 December 2015 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.384°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.438° in the next southern standstill on 12 December 2015 at 08:15 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 11 December 2015 at 10:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.