Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 21 August 2024 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 19 August 2024 at 18:26.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 27 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 05:05, this is 12 days after last apogee on 9 August 2024 at 01:32 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 5 September 2024 at 14:55 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 360 199 km (223 817 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 309 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 157 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 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.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous South standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.546°. Next 6 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.
After 12 days on 3 September 2024 at 01:55 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.