Gibbous ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 23 February 2021 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days 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 ∠17° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1824" and ∠1939".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2021 after 3 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 11 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°).
5 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 392 962 km (244 175 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 422 km (227 063 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 21 February 2021 at 01:44 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 March 2021 at 00:56 in ♐ Sagittarius.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 00:12 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠25.056°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-25.161° in its southern standstill point on 7 March 2021 at 20:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 3 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.