Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 17 September 2017 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 September 2017 at 06:25.
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 about ∠20° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2017 after 18 days on 5 October 2017 at 18:40.
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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 218 of Meeus index or 1171 from Brown series.
Length of current 218 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes shorter than next lunation 219 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠49.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠79°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 13 September 2017 at 16:04 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 September 2017 at 06:49 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 372 085 km (231 203 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 342 km (251 246 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 18:28 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 2 October 2017 at 02:05 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 18:28 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
2 days after previous North standstill on 14 September 2017 at 13:00 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠19.438°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.516° in the next southern standstill on 28 September 2017 at 10:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 20 September 2017 at 05:30 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.