Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 14 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 31 October 2020 at 14:49 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

It is Hunter Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Hunter of October 2020.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1933".

Lunation 257 / 1210

The Moon is 14 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 257 of Meeus index or 1210 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 36 minutes and it is 1 hour and 33 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit 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 details for

True anomaly ∠357°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠357° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠12.4°.

Moon after apogee

1 day since point of apogee on 30 October 2020 at 18:46 in ♈ Aries the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 13 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 14 November 2020 at 11:48 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 405 359 km

The Moon is 405 359 km (251 878 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 13 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 839 km (222 351 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 20 October 2020 at 15:53 in ♐ Sagittarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 3 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 4 November 2020 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 22 October 2020 at 02:00 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-24.708° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠24.813° at the point of next northern standstill on 5 November 2020 at 19:30 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

23 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♊ Gemini the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov