Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 26 February 2020 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 23 February 2020 at 15:32.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2020 after 12 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 249 of Meeus index or 1202 from Brown series.
Length of current 249 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 56 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2020. It is 58 minutes longer than next lunation 250 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 12 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠152.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠177.9°. 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 apogee on this date at 11:35, this is 15 days after last perigee on 10 February 2020 at 20:31 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 10 March 2020 at 06:33 in ♍ Virgo.
This apogee Moon is 406 277 km (252 449 mi) away from Earth. It is 869 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 432 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 19 February 2020 at 00:12 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 March 2020 at 14:58 in ♊ Gemini.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 19 February 2020 at 08:58 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.319°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.441° in the next northern standstill on 5 March 2020 at 01:34 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 9 March 2020 at 17:48 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.