Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 3 December 2048 Thursday 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 4 days on 28 November 2048 at 16:34.
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 ∠12° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1935" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2048 after 16 days on 20 December 2048 at 06:39.
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 604 of Meeus index or 1557 from Brown series.
Length of current 604 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2048. It is 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 605 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 52 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠330.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠348.2°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 23 November 2048 at 18:24 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 6 December 2048 at 07:58 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 370 453 km (230 189 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 717 km (222 275 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 22 November 2048 at 02:54 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 December 2048 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 22 November 2048 at 01:41 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.917°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.922° in the next southern standstill on 5 December 2048 at 21:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 2 days on 5 December 2048 at 15:30 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.