Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 17 February 2020 Monday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 15 February 2020 at 22:17.
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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1897" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 21 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 248 of Meeus index or 1201 from Brown series.
Length of current 248 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes. It is 6 minutes shorter than next lunation 249 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠120.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠152.6°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 10 February 2020 at 20:31 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 February 2020 at 11:35 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 377 924 km (234 831 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 277 km (252 449 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 6 February 2020 at 08:59 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 19 February 2020 at 00:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 6 February 2020 at 16:10 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.268°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.319° in the next southern standstill on 19 February 2020 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 23 February 2020 at 15:32 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.