Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 26 September 2021 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 20 September 2021 at 23:55.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠6° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2021 after 24 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 268 of Meeus index or 1221 from Brown series.
Length of current 268 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 14 minutes. It is 5 minutes longer than next lunation 269 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 30 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 39 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠297.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠323.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 21:44, this is 15 days after last perigee on 11 September 2021 at 10:05 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 8 October 2021 at 17:28 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 404 641 km (251 432 mi) away from Earth. It is 767 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 068 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 07:33 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 9 October 2021 at 19:35 in ♏ Scorpio.
At 07:33 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
11 days after previous South standstill on 15 September 2021 at 03:48 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.980°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.109° in the next northern standstill on 29 September 2021 at 08:26 in ♋ Cancer.
After 9 days on 6 October 2021 at 11:05 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.