Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 20 September 2020 Sunday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | September 2020

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 13% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 13% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

3 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 3 days on 17 September 2020 at 11:00.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1911".

Hunter Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 11 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 256 / 1209

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 256 of Meeus index or 1209 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.35 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 4 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠341.2°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠341.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠357°.

Moon after perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 18 September 2020 at 13:44 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 363 853 km

The Moon is 363 853 km (226 088 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 13 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 321 km (252 476 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 10 September 2020 at 23:05 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 23 September 2020 at 12:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 12 September 2020 at 05:25 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠24.353°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-24.458° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 September 2020 at 19:11 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 11 days

In 11 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05 in ♈ Aries the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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