Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 23 February 2006 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 21 February 2006 at 07:17.
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 first ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1920" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2006 after 19 days on 14 March 2006 at 23:35.
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 75 of Meeus index or 1028 from Brown series.
Length of current 75 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 32 minutes longer than next lunation 76 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.9°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 14 February 2006 at 00:48 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2006 at 20:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 373 251 km (231 927 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 885 km (221 758 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 16 February 2006 at 14:38 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 March 2006 at 16:25 in ♓ Pisces.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 09:37 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.648°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.694° in its northern standstill point on 8 March 2006 at 00:05 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 28 February 2006 at 00:31 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.