Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 April 2079 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 16 April 2079 at 05:02.
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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2079 after 25 days on 15 May 2079 at 20:58.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
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 980 of Meeus index or 1933 from Brown series.
Length of current 980 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 27 minutes. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes longer than next lunation 981 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 17 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 52 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠322.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠341.2°. 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 06:49, this is 15 days after last perigee on 4 April 2079 at 09:24 in ♉ Taurus. 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 2 May 2079 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 405 433 km (251 924 mi) away from Earth. It is 25 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 276 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 16 April 2079 at 14:26 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 30 April 2079 at 18:47 in ♈ Aries.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 7 April 2079 at 18:50 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.041°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.062° in the next southern standstill on 22 April 2079 at 00:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 10 days on 1 May 2079 at 10:57 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.