Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 22 August 2026 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 20 August 2026 at 02:46.
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 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2026 after 5 days on 28 August 2026 at 04:18.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 329 of Meeus index or 1282 from Brown series.
Length of current 329 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 50 minutes. It is 2 hours and 33 minutes shorter than next lunation 330 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 54 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 15 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠36.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠61.3°. 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 apogee on this date at 08:20, this is 11 days after last perigee on 10 August 2026 at 11:18 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 6 September 2026 at 20:26 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 404 644 km (251 434 mi) away from Earth. It is 764 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 065 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 13 August 2026 at 09:56 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 August 2026 at 18:47 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 10:59 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.123°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.109° in its northern standstill point on 5 September 2026 at 06:12 in ♊ Gemini.
After 5 days on 28 August 2026 at 04:18 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.