Crescent ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 18 September 2020 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 17 September 2020 at 11:00.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 13 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05.
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 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 256 of Meeus index or 1209 from Brown series.
Length of current 256 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 13:44, this is 12 days after last apogee on 6 September 2020 at 06:31 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 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 359 081 km (223 123 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 427 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 275 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 September 2020 at 12:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 12 September 2020 at 05:25 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.353°. Next 6 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.
After 13 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.