Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 16 August 2001 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 12 August 2001 at 07:53.
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 passing about ∠17° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2001 after 17 days on 2 September 2001 at 21:43.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 19 of Meeus index or 972 from Brown series.
Length of current 19 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 11 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2001. It is 21 minutes shorter than next lunation 20 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 33 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 36 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠342.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠358.1°. 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°).
10 days after point of apogee on 5 August 2001 at 21:05 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 August 2001 at 05:43 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 368 113 km (228 735 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 159 km (221 928 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 15 August 2001 at 17:05 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 August 2001 at 09:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 03:52 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.488°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-23.546° in its southern standstill point on 28 August 2001 at 23:14 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 19 August 2001 at 02:55 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.