Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 18 July 2020 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 27 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 12 July 2020 at 23:29.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2020 after 16 days on 3 August 2020 at 15:59.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 253 of Meeus index or 1206 from Brown series.
Length of current 253 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 52 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 254 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 17 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠263.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
5 days after point of apogee on 12 July 2020 at 19:27 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 July 2020 at 04:54 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 390 644 km (242 735 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 367 km (228 893 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 12:33 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 31 July 2020 at 09:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 12:33 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
13 days after previous South standstill on 5 July 2020 at 01:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.064°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.069° in the next northern standstill on 19 July 2020 at 11:51 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 20 July 2020 at 17:33 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.