Gibbous ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 20 August 2024 Tuesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1897".
The Full Moon this days is the Sturgeon of August 2024.
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.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
11 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 365 448 km (227 079 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 360 199 km (223 817 mi).
11 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 August 2024 at 10:27 in ♈ Aries.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.546°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.606° in the next northern standstill on 28 August 2024 at 11:09 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.