Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 7 December 2018 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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1813" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 15 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.
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 07:20 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 234 of Meeus index or 1187 from Brown series.
29 days, 18 hours and 8 minutes is the length of new lunation 234. It is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than next lunation 235 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠116.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠149.4°. 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°).
10 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 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 395 411 km (245 697 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 177 km (251 765 mi).
10 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 26 November 2018 at 01:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.485°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.