Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 21 February 2024 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 16 February 2024 at 15:01.
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 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1799" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2024 after 3 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 298 of Meeus index or 1251 from Brown series.
Length of current 298 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 1 minute. It is 41 minutes longer than next lunation 299 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠345.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠1.4°. 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°).
10 days after point of perigee on 10 February 2024 at 18:49 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 25 February 2024 at 15:00 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 398 435 km (247 576 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 316 km (252 473 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 13 February 2024 at 17:01 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 27 February 2024 at 22:53 in ♎ Libra.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 19 February 2024 at 08:47 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.376°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.477° in the next southern standstill on 5 March 2024 at 02:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 3 days on 24 February 2024 at 12:30 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.