Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 21 August 2020 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days 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 first ∠2° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2020 after 11 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 3 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 10:59, this is 11 days after last apogee on 9 August 2020 at 13:51 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 6 September 2020 at 06:31 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 363 513 km (225 877 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 005 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 843 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
6 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 August 2020 at 11:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 15 August 2020 at 20:40 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.152°. Next 7 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 11 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.