Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 15 December 2031 Monday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 14 December 2031 at 09:06.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2031 after 13 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 395 of Meeus index or 1348 from Brown series.
Length of current 395 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2031. It is 43 minutes longer than next lunation 396 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠334.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠351.6°. 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 21:31, this is 11 days after last apogee on 3 December 2031 at 22:35 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 31 December 2031 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo.
This perigee Moon is 360 489 km (223 997 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 019 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 867 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its ascending node on 12 December 2031 at 01:37 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 December 2031 at 18:44 in ♉ Taurus.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 14 December 2031 at 04:45 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.356°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.355° in the next northern standstill on 27 December 2031 at 07:41 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 28 December 2031 at 17:33 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.