Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 20 February 2022 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 16 February 2022 at 16:57.
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 ∠18° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1910" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2022 after 25 days on 18 March 2022 at 07:17.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
9 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 6 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 February 2022 at 22:18 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 375 221 km (233 152 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 787 km (228 532 mi).
11 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 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous North standstill on 12 February 2022 at 16:45 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.444°. Next 5 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.
After 10 days on 2 March 2022 at 17:35 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.