Moon ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 24 December 2038 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 19 December 2038 at 09:29.
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 ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2039 after 16 days on 10 January 2039 at 11:45.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 481 of Meeus index or 1434 from Brown series.
Length of current 481 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 482 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠28.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 08:23, this is 15 days after last apogee on 8 December 2038 at 13:35 in ♉ Taurus. 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 5 January 2039 at 05:10 in ♉ Taurus.
This perigee Moon is 361 283 km (224 491 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 225 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 073 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 12 December 2038 at 16:05 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 December 2038 at 19:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 13 December 2038 at 13:26 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.887°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.882° in the next southern standstill on 26 December 2038 at 13:42 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 26 December 2038 at 01:02 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.