Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 21 July 2017 Friday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 16 July 2017 at 19:26.
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 ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2017 after 17 days on 7 August 2017 at 18:11.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 216 of Meeus index or 1169 from Brown series.
Length of current 216 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 15 minutes. It is 1 hour and 30 minutes shorter than next lunation 217 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠11°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.9°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 17:09, this is 15 days after last apogee on 6 July 2017 at 04:27 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 August 2017 at 17:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 361 238 km (224 463 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 270 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 118 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 12 July 2017 at 05:17 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 July 2017 at 00:46 in ♍ Virgo.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 22:11 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠19.413°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-19.393° in its southern standstill point on 4 August 2017 at 18:17 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 23 July 2017 at 09:46 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.