Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 20 January 2024 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 18 January 2024 at 03:53.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1893" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2024 after 5 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 297 of Meeus index or 1250 from Brown series.
Length of current 297 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 2 minutes. It is 1 hour and 1 minute longer than next lunation 298 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 42 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 27 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠345.9°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 13 January 2024 at 10:35 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 January 2024 at 08:14 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 378 655 km (235 285 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 781 km (252 141 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 17 January 2024 at 14:05 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 31 January 2024 at 20:17 in ♎ Libra.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous South standstill on 10 January 2024 at 07:04 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.164°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.203° in the next northern standstill on 23 January 2024 at 03:44 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 days on 25 January 2024 at 17:54 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.