Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 October 2001 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 16 October 2001 at 19:23.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1855" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2001 after 11 days on 1 November 2001 at 05:41.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 22 of Meeus index or 975 from Brown series.
Length of current 22 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 17 minutes. It is 2 hours and 50 minutes shorter than next lunation 23 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 27 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 42 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠30.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠53.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
5 days after point of perigee on 14 October 2001 at 23:02 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 October 2001 at 20:12 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 386 318 km (240 047 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 937 km (251 616 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 8 October 2001 at 22:32 in ♊ Gemini, 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 21 October 2001 at 13:22 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 9 October 2001 at 18:46 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.937°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.041° in the next southern standstill on 22 October 2001 at 13:05 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 1 November 2001 at 05:41 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.