Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 20 August 2020 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 19 August 2020 at 02:41.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1953" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 12 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22.
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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 255 of Meeus index or 1208 from Brown series.
Length of current 255 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 19 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2020. It is 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 256 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 26 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠322.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠341.2°. 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°).
10 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 August 2020 at 10:59 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 366 932 km (228 001 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 513 km (225 877 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 14 August 2020 at 19:22 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 August 2020 at 11:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.152°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.219° in the next southern standstill on 28 August 2020 at 14:06 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 2 September 2020 at 05:22 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.