Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 July 2021 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 17 July 2021 at 10:11.
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 ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2021 after 3 days on 24 July 2021 at 02:37.
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.
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 266 of Meeus index or 1219 from Brown series.
Length of current 266 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 34 minutes. It is 1 hour and 32 minutes longer than next lunation 267 length.
Length of current synodic month is 11 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 59 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠230.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠264.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
14 days after point of apogee on 5 July 2021 at 14:48 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 July 2021 at 10:30 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 363 550 km (225 899 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 520 km (226 502 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 13:22 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 3 August 2021 at 02:51 in ♊ Gemini.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 9 July 2021 at 10:05 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.622°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.643° in the next southern standstill on 22 July 2021 at 15:11 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 3 days on 24 July 2021 at 02:37 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.