Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 22 August 2024 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days 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 ∠8° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2024 after 26 days on 18 September 2024 at 02:34.
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 18 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 21 August 2024 at 05:05 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 5 September 2024 at 14:55 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 363 306 km (225 748 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 14 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 215 km (252 410 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 10:27 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 5 September 2024 at 05:43 in ♎ Libra.
At 10:27 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous South standstill on 15 August 2024 at 20:10 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.546°. Next 5 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 11 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.