Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 31 July 2020 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 27 July 2020 at 12:32.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1906" and ∠1890".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2020 after 3 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 254 of Meeus index or 1207 from Brown series.
Length of current 254 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes. It is 50 minutes longer than next lunation 255 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠296.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠322.3°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 25 July 2020 at 04:54 in ♎ Libra. 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 9 August 2020 at 13:51 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 376 116 km (233 708 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 658 km (251 443 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 09:32 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 19 July 2020 at 11:51 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.069°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.087° in the next southern standstill on 1 August 2020 at 08:47 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 3 days on 3 August 2020 at 15:59 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.