Moon ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 20 October 2006 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 14 October 2006 at 00:25.
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 ∠8° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2006 after 16 days on 5 November 2006 at 12:58.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 83 of Meeus index or 1036 from Brown series.
Length of current 83 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2006. It is 25 minutes longer than next lunation 84 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠182.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠207.1°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 19 October 2006 at 09:35 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 November 2006 at 23:50 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 405 230 km (251 798 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 14 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 598 km (224 065 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 19 October 2006 at 09:34 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 November 2006 at 06:55 in ♓ Pisces.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 12 October 2006 at 08:52 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.678°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.595° in the next southern standstill on 27 October 2006 at 02:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 22 October 2006 at 05:14 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.