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Moon phase on 21 January 2020 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | January 2020

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 12% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 12% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 17 January 2020 at 12:58.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1885"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1885" and ∠1950".

Snow Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2020 after 18 days on 9 February 2020 at 07:33.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 247 / 1200

The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 247 of Meeus index or 1200 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.69 days

Length of current 247 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 248 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠82.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠82.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠120.5°. 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 after perigee

7 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2020 at 20:20 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 January 2020 at 21:28 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 380 217 km

Moon is 380 217 km (236 256 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 390 km (251 898 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 9 January 2020 at 23:29 in ♋ Cancer, 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 22 January 2020 at 20:31 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days after previous North standstill on 10 January 2020 at 06:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.223°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.225° in the next southern standstill on 23 January 2020 at 03:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 3 days

After 3 days on 24 January 2020 at 21:42 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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