Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 20 October 2005 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 17 October 2005 at 12:14.
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 is passing about ∠5° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2005 after 26 days on 16 November 2005 at 00:58.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 71 of Meeus index or 1024 from Brown series.
Length of current 71 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 57 minutes. It is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 72 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠236.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠273.1°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 14 October 2005 at 13:50 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 October 2005 at 09:34 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 389 010 km (241 720 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 493 km (251 340 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 16 October 2005 at 18:25 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 October 2005 at 00:32 in ♎ Libra.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 9 October 2005 at 16:42 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.604°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.583° in the next northern standstill on 22 October 2005 at 15:02 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 2 November 2005 at 01:25 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.