Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 24 December 2022 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 23 December 2022 at 10:17.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2023 after 13 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 284 of Meeus index or 1237 from Brown series.
Length of current 284 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 36 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2022. It is 23 minutes longer than next lunation 285 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 1 minute longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠344.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠360°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 08:32, this is 12 days after last apogee on 12 December 2022 at 00:30 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 8 January 2023 at 09:19 in ♌ Leo.
This perigee Moon is 358 270 km (222 619 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 238 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 086 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
4 days after its descending node on 20 December 2022 at 01:36 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 January 2023 at 15:25 in ♉ Taurus.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 23 December 2022 at 18:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.418°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.406° in the next northern standstill on 6 January 2023 at 03:08 in ♋ Cancer.
After 13 days on 6 January 2023 at 23:08 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.