Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 20 August 2046 Monday 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 3 days on 16 August 2046 at 14:50.
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 ∠10° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2046 after 25 days on 15 September 2046 at 06:39.
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 576 of Meeus index or 1529 from Brown series.
Length of current 576 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2046. It is longer than next lunation 577 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 44 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 25 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠328°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠345.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 01:53, this is 15 days after last perigee on 4 August 2046 at 09:16 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 1 September 2046 at 14:28 in ♍ Virgo.
This apogee Moon is 405 828 km (252 170 mi) away from Earth. It is 420 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 881 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
5 days after its ascending node on 15 August 2046 at 00:43 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 August 2046 at 10:45 in ♌ Leo.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 11 August 2046 at 15:06 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.723°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.666° in the next northern standstill on 26 August 2046 at 07:50 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 31 August 2046 at 18:25 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.