Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 December 2020 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 8 December 2020 at 00:37.
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 passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2020 after 17 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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:42, this is 15 days after last apogee on 27 November 2020 at 00:29 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 December 2020 at 16:32 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 361 777 km (224 798 mi) away from Earth. It is 731 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 579 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 14 December 2020 at 11:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 3 December 2020 at 01:22 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.882°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.879° in the next southern standstill on 15 December 2020 at 22:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 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.