Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 February 2020 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | February 2020

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 9% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 9% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 15 February 2020 at 22:17.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♒ Aquarius later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1829"

Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1940".

Worm Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 18 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 248 / 1201

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 248 of Meeus index or 1201 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.74 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 50 minutes. It is 6 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 57 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠120.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠120.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠152.6°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 10 February 2020 at 20:31 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 26 February 2020 at 11:35 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 391 913 km

The Moon is 391 913 km (243 523 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 277 km (252 449 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 19 February 2020 at 00:12 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 March 2020 at 14:58 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

14 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 19 February 2020 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.319°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 13 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.441° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 March 2020 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 3 days

In 3 days on 23 February 2020 at 15:32 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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