Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 12 December 2015 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 11 December 2015 at 10:29.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2015 after 12 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 197 of Meeus index or 1150 from Brown series.
Length of current 197 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 1 minute. 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°).
6 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 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 December 2015 at 08:53 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 386 788 km (240 339 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 418 km (228 924 mi).
7 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 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 December 2015 at 15:13 in ♓ Pisces.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 08:15 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.438°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.444° in its northern standstill point on 25 December 2015 at 07:30 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 25 December 2015 at 11:11 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.