Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 2 August 2011 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 30 July 2011 at 18:40.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2011 after 11 days on 13 August 2011 at 18:58.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 143 of Meeus index or 1096 from Brown series.
Length of current 143 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 24 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than next lunation 144 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 20 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 49 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠312.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠333.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:59, this is 11 days after last apogee on 21 July 2011 at 22:46 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 365 756 km (227 270 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 248 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 600 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
5 days after its descending node on 27 July 2011 at 12:03 in ♊ Gemini, 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 9 August 2011 at 06:35 in ♐ Sagittarius.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 27 July 2011 at 03:02 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.333°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.270° in the next southern standstill on 8 August 2011 at 23:15 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 13 August 2011 at 18:58 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.