Quarter ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 3 December 2023 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days on 27 November 2023 at 09:16.
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 ∠22° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1771" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 23 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.
Length of current 295 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 296 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠269.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠303.6°. 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°).
11 days after point of perigee on 21 November 2023 at 21:03 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 404 738 km (251 493 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 348 km (251 250 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 24 November 2023 at 11:02 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.191°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.151° in the next southern standstill on 13 December 2023 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 12 December 2023 at 23:32 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.