Crescent ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 8 October 2021 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 6 October 2021 at 11:05.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2021 after 12 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 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 269 of Meeus index or 1222 from Brown series.
Length of current 269 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 9 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2021. It is 19 minutes shorter than next lunation 270 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠323.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠342.3°. 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 perigee on this date at 17:28, this is 11 days after last apogee on 26 September 2021 at 21:44 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 16 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 24 October 2021 at 15:30 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 363 388 km (225 799 mi) away from Earth. It is 880 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 968 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 26 September 2021 at 07:33 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 9 October 2021 at 19:35 in ♏ Scorpio.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 29 September 2021 at 08:26 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.109°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.204° in the next southern standstill on 12 October 2021 at 09:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 20 October 2021 at 14:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.