Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 11 December 2015 Friday is New Moon, less than 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 ∠20° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 13 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.
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 10:29 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 197 of Meeus index or 1150 from Brown series.
29 days, 15 hours and 1 minute is the length of new lunation 197. It is 1 hour and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 198 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 17 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 46 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠255.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠292.2°. 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°).
5 days after point of apogee on 5 December 2015 at 14:56 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 391 392 km (243 200 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 418 km (228 924 mi).
6 days 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 December 2015 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 27 November 2015 at 20:13 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.384°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.