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Moon phase on 15 October 2020 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | October 2020

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

Waning Crescent 3% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and getting smaller. The 27 days old Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 10 October 2020 at 00:39.

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 ♎ Libra

Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1964"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1925".

Hunter Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 16 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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 before perigee

11 days after point of apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 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 16 October 2020 at 23:46 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 365 020 km

Moon is 365 020 km (226 813 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 913 km (221 775 mi).

Moon before descending node

7 days after its ascending node on 8 October 2020 at 00:29 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

7 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

5 days after previous North standstill on 9 October 2020 at 13:07 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.613°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.708° in the next southern standstill on 22 October 2020 at 02:00 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day 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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