Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 8 December 2017 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 3 December 2017 at 15:47.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1937" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 24 days on 2 January 2018 at 02:24.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 221 of Meeus index or 1174 from Brown series.
Length of current 221 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. It is 59 minutes shorter than next lunation 222 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 4 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠147°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠173.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
4 days after point of perigee on 4 December 2017 at 08:42 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 19 December 2017 at 01:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 370 091 km (229 964 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 605 km (252 653 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 00:39 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 22 December 2017 at 10:04 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 00:39 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
3 days after previous North standstill on 5 December 2017 at 11:43 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.015°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.062° in the next southern standstill on 19 December 2017 at 09:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 18 December 2017 at 06:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.