Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 22 October 2020 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2020 | October 2020

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

Waxing Crescent 39% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 39% and growing larger. The 6 days young Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 16 October 2020 at 19:31.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1894"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1894" and ∠1929".

Hunter Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2020 after 9 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 257 / 1210

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 257 of Meeus index or 1210 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 36 minutes. It is 1 hour and 33 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 8 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 1 minute longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠357°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠357°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.

Moon after perigee

5 days after point of perigee on 16 October 2020 at 23:46 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 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 30 October 2020 at 18:46 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 378 413 km

The Moon is 378 413 km (235 135 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 393 km (252 521 mi).

Moon after descending node

1 day after descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 12 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 4 November 2020 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon at southern standstill

At 02:00 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-24.708°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠24.813° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 5 November 2020 at 19:30.

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Syzygy in 9 days

In 9 days on 31 October 2020 at 14:49 in ♉ Taurus 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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