Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 12 December 2024 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 8 December 2024 at 15:27.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2024 after 2 days on 15 December 2024 at 09:02.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 13:18, this is 16 days after last apogee on 26 November 2024 at 11:56 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 December 2024 at 07:25 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 365 360 km (227 024 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 852 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 996 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
2 days after its ascending node on 9 December 2024 at 19:36 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 December 2024 at 23:21 in ♍ Virgo.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 2 December 2024 at 22:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.452°. Next 3 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 2 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.