Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 4 December 2018 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 30 November 2018 at 00:19.
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 ∠9° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1877" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 18 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 233 of Meeus index or 1186 from Brown series.
Length of current 233 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes shorter than next lunation 234 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠79.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠116.6°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 26 November 2018 at 12:10 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 381 842 km (237 266 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 177 km (251 765 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 27 November 2018 at 05:18 in ♋ Cancer, 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 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 26 November 2018 at 01:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.485°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.539° in the next southern standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 7 December 2018 at 07:20 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.