Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 17 February 2022 Thursday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1841" and ∠1941".
The Full Moon this days is the Snow of February 2022.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 273 of Meeus index or 1226 from Brown series.
Length of current 273 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 49 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute shorter than next lunation 274 length.
Length of current synodic month is 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠32°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠56.3°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 11 February 2022 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 February 2022 at 22:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 389 241 km (241 863 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 787 km (228 532 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 9 February 2022 at 06:12 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 12 February 2022 at 16:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.444°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.559° in the next southern standstill on 26 February 2022 at 06:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.