Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 24 December 2024 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 22 December 2024 at 22:18.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠20° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2025 after 20 days on 13 January 2025 at 22:27.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee on this date at 07:25, this is 11 days after last perigee on 12 December 2024 at 13:18 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 7 January 2025 at 23:34 in ♈ Aries.
This apogee Moon is 404 486 km (251 336 mi) away from Earth. It is 922 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 223 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 22 December 2024 at 23:21 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 January 2025 at 19:46 in ♓ Pisces.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 15 December 2024 at 20:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.428°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.428° in the next southern standstill on 30 December 2024 at 05:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 30 December 2024 at 22:27 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.