Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 20 February 2014 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 14 February 2014 at 23:53.
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 ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1880" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2014 after 24 days on 16 March 2014 at 17:09.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 174 of Meeus index or 1127 from Brown series.
Length of current 174 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 21 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2014. It is 24 minutes shorter than next lunation 175 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 23 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 46 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠8.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠25.1°. 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°).
8 days after point of apogee on 12 February 2014 at 05:09 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2014 at 19:52 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 381 326 km (236 945 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 439 km (223 966 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♎ Libra at 03:28 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 4 March 2014 at 17:45 in ♈ Aries.
At 03:28 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
10 days after previous North standstill on 9 February 2014 at 15:21 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.306°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.175° in the next southern standstill on 24 February 2014 at 01:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 8 days on 1 March 2014 at 08:00 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.