Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 15 December 2024 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 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 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1911" and ∠1950".
The Full Moon this days is the Cold of December 2024.
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 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
2 days after point of perigee on 12 December 2024 at 13:18 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 December 2024 at 07:25 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 375 154 km (233 110 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 486 km (251 336 mi).
5 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 22 December 2024 at 23:21 in ♍ Virgo.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 20:12 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠28.428°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-28.428° in its southern standstill point on 30 December 2024 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.