Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 24 December 2018 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 22 December 2018 at 17:49.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2019 after 27 days on 21 January 2019 at 05:16.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee on this date at 09:52, this is 11 days after last apogee on 12 December 2018 at 12:25 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 9 January 2019 at 04:29 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 361 060 km (224 352 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 448 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 296 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 11:54 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 7 January 2019 at 00:08 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 11:54 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 23 December 2018 at 11:48 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.550°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.553° in the next southern standstill on 5 January 2019 at 18:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 6 January 2019 at 01:28 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.