Crescent ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 22 September 2020 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days 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 ∠10° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1946" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 9 days on 1 October 2020 at 21:05.
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 6 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.
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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 18 September 2020 at 13:44 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 368 382 km (228 902 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 321 km (252 476 mi).
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 September 2020 at 12:33 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 12 September 2020 at 05:25 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.353°. Next 2 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 9 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.