Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 12 December 2031 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 7 December 2031 at 03:20.
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 ∠25° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1910" and ∠1949".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2031 after 16 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 394 of Meeus index or 1347 from Brown series.
Length of current 394 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 56 minutes. It is 55 minutes longer than next lunation 395 length.
Length of current synodic month is 48 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 21 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334.7°. 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 3 December 2031 at 22:35 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 15 December 2031 at 21:31 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 375 374 km (233 247 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 3 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 489 km (223 997 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♏ Scorpio at 01:37 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 24 December 2031 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.
At 01:37 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous North standstill on 30 November 2031 at 00:08 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.350°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.356° in the next southern standstill on 14 December 2031 at 04:45 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 14 December 2031 at 09:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.