Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 20 August 2048 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 17 August 2048 at 00:32.
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.
Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2048 after 3 days on 23 August 2048 at 18:07.
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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 601 of Meeus index or 1554 from Brown series.
Length of current 601 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 602 length.
Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠240.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠276°. 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 perigee on this date at 12:34, this is 15 days after last apogee on 4 August 2048 at 17:05 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 1 September 2048 at 10:48 in ♊ Gemini.
This perigee Moon is 366 147 km (227 513 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 639 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 209 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 19 August 2048 at 04:55 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 1 September 2048 at 16:14 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 18 August 2048 at 16:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.557°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.449° in the next northern standstill on 1 September 2048 at 03:54 in ♊ Gemini.
After 3 days on 23 August 2048 at 18:07 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.