Moon* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 26 December 2023 Tuesday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1836" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2023.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 16 December 2023 at 18:53 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 January 2024 at 15:28 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 390 383 km (242 573 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 911 km (251 600 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 21 December 2023 at 13:54 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 4 January 2024 at 18:52 in ♎ Libra.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 21:50 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.131°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.164° in its southern standstill point on 10 January 2024 at 07:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.