Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 3 October 2020 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | October 2020

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

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 1 October 2020 at 21:05.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1918".

Hunter Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 28 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 256 / 1209

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 256 of Meeus index or 1209 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.35 days

Length of current 256 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 257 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠341.2°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠341.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠357°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 17:22, this is 15 days after last perigee on 18 September 2020 at 13:44 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 16 October 2020 at 23:46 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 406 321 km

This apogee Moon is 406 321 km (252 476 mi) away from Earth. It is 913 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 388 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

9 days after its descending node on 23 September 2020 at 12:33 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 October 2020 at 00:29 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 24 September 2020 at 19:11 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.458°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.613° in the next northern standstill on 9 October 2020 at 13:07 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 16 October 2020 at 19:31 in ♎ Libra, 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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