Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 24 December 2020 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 21 December 2020 at 23:41.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2020 after 5 days on 30 December 2020 at 03:28.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 259 of Meeus index or 1212 from Brown series.
Length of current 259 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 260 length.
Length of current synodic month is equal to the mean length of synodic month. It is 6 hours and 9 minutes longer than the 21st century shortest and 7 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the 21st century longest synodic month.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠30.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠53.8°. 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 apogee on this date at 16:32, this is 11 days after last perigee on 12 December 2020 at 20:42 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 9 January 2021 at 15:39 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 010 km (251 662 mi) away from Earth. It is 398 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 699 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 14 December 2020 at 11:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 December 2020 at 15:03 in ♊ Gemini.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 15 December 2020 at 22:23 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.879°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.868° in the next northern standstill on 30 December 2020 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 30 December 2020 at 03:28 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.