Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 26 December 2019 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2020 after 15 days on 10 January 2020 at 19:21.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 05:13 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes is the length of new lunation 247. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 248 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠82.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠120.5°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 18 December 2019 at 20:30 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 2 January 2020 at 01:30 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 387 455 km (240 753 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 580 km (251 394 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♑ Capricorn at 13:01 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 9 January 2020 at 23:29 in ♋ Cancer.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
At 20:11 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-23.227°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2019. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠23.223° in its northern standstill point on 10 January 2020 at 06:03 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.