Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 20 August 2022 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 19 August 2022 at 04:36.
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 ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2022 after 20 days on 10 September 2022 at 09:59.
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 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 279 of Meeus index or 1232 from Brown series.
Length of current 279 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 22 minutes. It is 45 minutes longer than next lunation 280 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 38 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 25 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠202°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠230.2°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 10 August 2022 at 17:14 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 22 August 2022 at 21:53 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 402 032 km (249 811 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 419 km (251 916 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 18 August 2022 at 10:59 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 September 2022 at 21:12 in ♏ Scorpio.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 9 August 2022 at 06:36 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.024°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.100° in the next northern standstill on 22 August 2022 at 15:08 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 27 August 2022 at 08:17 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.