Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 February 2020 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | February 2020

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

Waning Crescent 24% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 24% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 15 February 2020 at 22:17.

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 is entering ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1873"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1873" and ∠1941".

Worm Moon after 20 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 20 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.

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 248 / 1201

The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 248 of Meeus index or 1201 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

Length of current 248 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes. It is 6 minutes shorter than next lunation 249 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠120.5°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠120.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠152.6°. 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 10 February 2020 at 20:31 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 February 2020 at 11:35 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 382 639 km

Moon is 382 639 km (237 761 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 277 km (252 449 mi).

Moon before descending node

12 days after its ascending node on 6 February 2020 at 08:59 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 19 February 2020 at 00:12 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Draconic month

12 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 6 February 2020 at 16:10 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.268°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.319° in the next southern standstill on 19 February 2020 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 23 February 2020 at 15:32 in ♒ Aquarius, 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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