Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 9% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 19 December 2019 at 04:57.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♐ Sagittarius later.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1919" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2020 after 18 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 246 of Meeus index or 1199 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 8 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠50.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠82.6°.
4 days after point of perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 2 January 2020 at 01:30 in ♓ Pisces.
The Moon is 373 476 km (232 067 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 580 km (251 394 mi).
9 days after ascending node on 13 December 2019 at 14:15 in ♋ Cancer. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 December 2019 at 13:01 in ♑ Capricorn.
9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
9 days since the previous standstill on 13 December 2019 at 20:57 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠23.226°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-23.227° at the point of next southern standstill on 26 December 2019 at 20:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
In 2 days on 26 December 2019 at 05:13 in ♑ Capricorn the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.