Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 21 February 2017 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 18 February 2017 at 19:33.
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 first ∠2° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2017 after 19 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 211 of Meeus index or 1164 from Brown series.
Length of current 211 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 51 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 212 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 7 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 56 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠259.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠295°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 18 February 2017 at 21:14 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 402 065 km (249 832 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 065 km (229 326 mi).
9 days after its ascending node on 11 February 2017 at 19:49 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 20:50 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.848°. This is the year's southernmost lunar standstill of 2017. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠18.861° in its northern standstill point on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 26 February 2017 at 14:58 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.