Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 23 December 2018 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1956" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2018.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 December 2018 at 09:52 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 366 484 km (227 723 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 060 km (224 352 mi).
12 days 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 December 2018 at 11:54 in ♋ Cancer.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 11:48 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠21.550°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2018. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-21.553° in its southern standstill point on 5 January 2019 at 18:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.