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Moon phase on 9 October 2020 Friday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | October 2020

Last Quarter phase
Last Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Last Quarter 55% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 55% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 10 October 2020 at 00:39 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1839"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1922".

Hunter Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 22 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49.

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 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last 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 apogee

5 days after point of apogee on 3 October 2020 at 17:22 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 7 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 October 2020 at 23:46 in ♎ Libra.

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Distance to Moon 389 781 km

The Moon is 389 781 km (242 199 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 7 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 356 913 km (221 775 mi).

Moon after ascending node

1 day after ascending node on 8 October 2020 at 00:29 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 11 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

1 day 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 at northern standstill

At 13:07 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠24.613°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-24.708° at the point of next standstill in ♑ Capricorn on 22 October 2020 at 02:00.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 16 October 2020 at 19:31 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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