Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 31 July 2014 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 26 July 2014 at 22:42.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2014 after 10 days on 10 August 2014 at 18:09.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 180 of Meeus index or 1133 from Brown series.
Length of current 180 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 31 minutes. It is 30 minutes shorter than next lunation 181 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 47 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 16 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠169.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠192.1°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 28 July 2014 at 03:27 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 10 August 2014 at 17:43 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 399 886 km (248 478 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 897 km (221 766 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 18 July 2014 at 21:21 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 2 August 2014 at 11:26 in ♎ Libra.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 23 July 2014 at 15:36 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.934°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.827° in the next southern standstill on 7 August 2014 at 04:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 10 August 2014 at 18:09 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.