Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 14 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 19 August 2024 at 18:26 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

It is Sturgeon Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Sturgeon of August 2024.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1947"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1947" and ∠1896".

Lunation 304 / 1257

The Moon is 14 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 304 of Meeus index or 1257 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.61 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes and it is 2 hours and 11 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 58 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 4 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠127.3°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠127.3° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠155.7°.

Moon before perigee

10 days since point of apogee on 9 August 2024 at 01:32 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces.

Distance to Moon 368 220 km

The Moon is 368 220 km (228 801 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 360 199 km (223 817 mi).

Moon before ascending node

10 days after descending node on 9 August 2024 at 01:06 in ♎ Libra the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 2 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries.

Moon after southern standstill

3 days since the last southern standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.546° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 8 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.606° at the point of next northern standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

24 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♈ Aries the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov