Moon* ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 3 December 2021 Friday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 27 November 2021 at 12:28.
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 first ∠0° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2021 after 15 days on 19 December 2021 at 04:36.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 270 of Meeus index or 1223 from Brown series.
Length of current 270 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes. It is 22 minutes shorter than next lunation 271 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠342.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠358.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
12 days after point of apogee on 21 November 2021 at 02:14 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 4 December 2021 at 10:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 363 940 km (226 142 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 794 km (221 702 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 14:58 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 17 December 2021 at 00:12 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 22 November 2021 at 22:43 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.342°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.331° in the next southern standstill on 6 December 2021 at 02:25 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 4 December 2021 at 07:43 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.