Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 21 February 2021 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 19 February 2021 at 18:47.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1790" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2021 after 5 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 261 of Meeus index or 1214 from Brown series.
Length of current 261 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 55 minutes shorter than next lunation 262 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠87°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠124.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
3 days after point of apogee on 18 February 2021 at 10:22 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 400 510 km (248 865 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 8 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 422 km (227 063 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 01:44 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 6 March 2021 at 00:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
At 01:44 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
12 days after previous South standstill on 8 February 2021 at 15:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.953°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.056° in the next northern standstill on 23 February 2021 at 00:12 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.