Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 3 December 2020 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 30 November 2020 at 09:30.
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 ∠17° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1838" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2020 after 26 days on 30 December 2020 at 03:28.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 258 of Meeus index or 1211 from Brown series.
Length of current 258 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter than next lunation 259 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠12.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠30.1°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 27 November 2020 at 00:29 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2020 at 20:42 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 389 970 km (242 316 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 777 km (224 798 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 1 December 2020 at 07:46 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 December 2020 at 11:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 01:22 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠24.882°. This is the year's northernmost lunar standstill of 2020. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-24.879° in its southern standstill point on 15 December 2020 at 22:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 14 December 2020 at 16:17 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.