Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 5 December 2023 at 05:49.
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 ∠17° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 16 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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 295 of Meeus index or 1248 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠269.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠303.6°.
5 days after point of apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 390 436 km (242 606 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 900 km (228 602 mi).
1 day after descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries.
16 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.191°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.151° at the point of next southern standstill on 13 December 2023 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 2 days on 12 December 2023 at 23:32 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.