Moon ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 December 2023 Tuesday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1882" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 14 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 23:32 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 296 of Meeus index or 1249 from Brown series.
29 days, 12 hours and 25 minutes is the length of new lunation 296. It is 1 hour and 23 minutes longer than next lunation 297 length.
Length of current synodic month is 19 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 50 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠303.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠328°. 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°).
7 days after point of apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 380 805 km (236 621 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 900 km (228 602 mi).
3 days after its descending node on 8 December 2023 at 15:24 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 29 November 2023 at 14:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.191°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.