Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 27 August 2020 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | August 2020

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 69% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 69% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 25 August 2020 at 17:58.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1916"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1916" and ∠1900".

Harvest Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 5 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.

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 255 / 1208

The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 255 of Meeus index or 1208 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.35 days

Length of current 255 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 19 minutes. 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 after perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 September 2020 at 06:31 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 374 106 km

Moon is 374 106 km (232 459 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 606 km (252 032 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 11:52 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 10 September 2020 at 23:05 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days after previous North standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.152°. Next day 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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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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