Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 4 December 2024 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 1 December 2024 at 06:21.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1876" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2024 after 10 days on 15 December 2024 at 09:02.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 308 of Meeus index or 1261 from Brown series.
Length of current 308 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 5 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 309 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠235.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠272.9°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 26 November 2024 at 11:56 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 12 December 2024 at 13:18 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 382 154 km (237 459 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 360 km (227 024 mi).
8 days after its descending node on 25 November 2024 at 21:31 in ♍ Virgo, 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 9 December 2024 at 19:36 in ♓ Pisces.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 2 December 2024 at 22:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.452°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.428° in the next northern standstill on 15 December 2024 at 20:12 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 15 December 2024 at 09:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.