Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 15 August 2024 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 12 August 2024 at 15:19.
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 2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1857" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2024 after 4 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.
Length of current 304 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes. It is 2 hours and 11 minutes shorter than next lunation 305 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠127.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.7°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 9 August 2024 at 01:32 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 386 061 km (239 887 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 199 km (223 817 mi).
6 days after its descending node on 9 August 2024 at 01:06 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 20:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.546°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.606° in its northern standstill point on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 19 August 2024 at 18:26 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.