Crescent ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 26 February 2022 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 23 February 2022 at 22:32.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1938".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2022 after 19 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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 22:18, this is 15 days after last apogee on 11 February 2022 at 02:39 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 10 March 2022 at 23:05 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 367 787 km (228 532 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 279 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 569 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 23 February 2022 at 06:54 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 8 March 2022 at 08:22 in ♉ Taurus.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 06:37 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-26.559°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠26.674° in its northern standstill point on 12 March 2022 at 00:14 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 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.