Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 16 December 2023 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 12 December 2023 at 23:32.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2023 after 10 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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 296 of Meeus index or 1249 from Brown series.
Length of current 296 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 25 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 18:53, this is 12 days after last apogee on 4 December 2023 at 18:42 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 1 January 2024 at 15:28 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 367 900 km (228 602 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 392 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 456 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 13 December 2023 at 21:51 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.151°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.131° in the next northern standstill on 26 December 2023 at 21:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 27 December 2023 at 00:33 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.