Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 17 February 2001 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 15 February 2001 at 03:24.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2001 after 20 days on 9 March 2001 at 17:23.
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.
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 13 of Meeus index or 966 from Brown series.
Length of current 13 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2001. It is 2 hours and 14 minutes longer than next lunation 14 length.
Length of current synodic month is 7 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 33 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠177.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠202.8°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 7 February 2001 at 22:19 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 February 2001 at 21:38 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 399 104 km (247 992 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 332 km (252 483 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 6 February 2001 at 00:48 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 2001 at 02:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 5 February 2001 at 19:54 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.604°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.648° in the next southern standstill on 18 February 2001 at 21:27 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 23 February 2001 at 08:21 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.