Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 17 September 2020 Thursday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 14 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 11:00 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 256 of Meeus index or 1209 from Brown series.
29 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes is the length of new lunation 256. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 257 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠341.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠357°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 6 September 2020 at 06:31 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 18 September 2020 at 13:44 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 365 848 km (227 327 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 081 km (223 123 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 10 September 2020 at 23:05 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 23 September 2020 at 12:33 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 12 September 2020 at 05:25 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.353°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-24.458° in the next southern standstill on 24 September 2020 at 19:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.