Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 12 December 2018 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 7 December 2018 at 07:20.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2018 after 10 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 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 234 of Meeus index or 1187 from Brown series.
Length of current 234 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 8 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 12:25, this is 16 days after last perigee on 26 November 2018 at 12:10 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2018 at 09:52 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 405 177 km (251 765 mi) away from Earth. It is 231 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 532 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 10 December 2018 at 17:57 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 December 2018 at 11:54 in ♋ Cancer.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 9 December 2018 at 11:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.539°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.550° in the next northern standstill on 23 December 2018 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer.
After 10 days on 22 December 2018 at 17:49 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.