Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 2 December 2078 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 6 days on 26 November 2078 at 07:54.
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 ∠19° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1947".
Next Full Moon is the Cold Moon of December 2078 after 16 days on 18 December 2078 at 23:34.
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 975 of Meeus index or 1928 from Brown series.
Length of current 975 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 12 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2078. It is 30 minutes longer than next lunation 976 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠172.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠196.6°. 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 apogee on this date at 15:34, this is 13 days after last perigee on 19 November 2078 at 08:57 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 17 December 2078 at 21:10 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 406 382 km (252 514 mi) away from Earth. It is 974 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 327 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
1 day after its descending node on 1 December 2078 at 18:16 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 December 2078 at 19:09 in ♉ Taurus.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 22 November 2078 at 03:20 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.596°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.555° in the next southern standstill on 6 December 2078 at 12:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 4 December 2078 at 12:08 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.