Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 12 August 2020 Wednesday is Last Quarter, 22 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 42% and getting smaller. The 22 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 11 August 2020 at 16:45 UTC.
Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1788" and ∠1894".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 20 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.
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 22 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 9 August 2020 at 13:51 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 400 778 km (249 032 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 513 km (225 877 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 31 July 2020 at 09:32 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 1 August 2020 at 08:47 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.087°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠24.152° in the next northern standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 19 August 2020 at 02:41 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.