Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 20 January 2079 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 17 January 2079 at 11:06.
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 ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1854" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2079 after 26 days on 15 February 2079 at 23:45.
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 977 of Meeus index or 1930 from Brown series.
Length of current 977 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 32 minutes longer than next lunation 978 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 1 minute longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠225.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠261.8°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 15 January 2079 at 03:12 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 January 2079 at 21:03 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 386 591 km (240 217 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 718 km (251 480 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 11 January 2079 at 23:02 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 January 2079 at 23:31 in ♎ Libra.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 16 January 2079 at 00:05 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.561°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.617° in the next southern standstill on 30 January 2079 at 00:20 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 12 days on 1 February 2079 at 23:35 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.