Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 2 August 2017 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 30 July 2017 at 15:23.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2017 after 5 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 217 of Meeus index or 1170 from Brown series.
Length of current 217 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes shorter than next lunation 218 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠49.5°. 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 apogee on this date at 17:55, this is 12 days after last perigee on 21 July 2017 at 17:09 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 18 August 2017 at 13:14 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 405 026 km (251 671 mi) away from Earth. It is 382 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 683 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its ascending node on 25 July 2017 at 00:46 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 August 2017 at 10:56 in ♒ Aquarius.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 21 July 2017 at 22:11 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.413°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.393° in the next southern standstill on 4 August 2017 at 18:17 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 7 August 2017 at 18:11 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.