Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 15 December 2019 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 12 December 2019 at 05:12.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1935" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2020 after 26 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 246 of Meeus index or 1199 from Brown series.
Length of current 246 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 247 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠50.7°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠82.6°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 5 December 2019 at 04:09 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 370 409 km (230 161 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 260 km (230 069 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 13 December 2019 at 14:15 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 December 2019 at 13:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 13 December 2019 at 20:57 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.226°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.227° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2019 at 20:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 26 December 2019 at 05:13 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.