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Moon phase on 19 August 2020 Wednesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Virgo.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | August 2020

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♍ Virgo.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 19 August 2020 at 02:41 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon is entering ♍ Virgo

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1896".

Harvest Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 13 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 255 / 1208

At 02:42 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 255 of Meeus index or 1208 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.35 days

29 days, 8 hours and 19 minutes is the length of new lunation 255. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2020. It is 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 256 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 26 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠322.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠322.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠341.2°. 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°).

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of apogee on 9 August 2020 at 13:51 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 370 234 km

Moon is 370 234 km (230 053 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 513 km (225 877 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after its ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 August 2020 at 11:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.152°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.219° in the next southern standstill on 28 August 2020 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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