Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 30 August 2011 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 29 August 2011 at 03:04.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2011 after 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 144 of Meeus index or 1097 from Brown series.
Length of current 144 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2011. It is 42 minutes shorter than next lunation 145 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠333.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠350.1°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 17:35, this is 12 days after last apogee on 18 August 2011 at 16:23 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 15 September 2011 at 06:23 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 360 858 km (224 227 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 650 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 498 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 days after its descending node on 23 August 2011 at 17:23 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 September 2011 at 07:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
21 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 23 August 2011 at 12:17 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.149°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.047° in the next southern standstill on 5 September 2011 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 12 September 2011 at 09:27 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.