Gibbous ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 21 August 2081 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 19 August 2081 at 11:15.
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 ∠21° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2081 after 27 days on 18 September 2081 at 03:45.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 1009 of Meeus index or 1962 from Brown series.
Length of current 1009 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 38 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2081. It is 44 minutes shorter than next lunation 1010 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠341.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠357.1°. 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 05:57, this is 15 days after last perigee on 6 August 2081 at 03:56 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 September 2081 at 13:09 in ♍ Virgo.
This apogee Moon is 406 148 km (252 369 mi) away from Earth. It is 740 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 561 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♓ Pisces at 00:00 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 3 September 2081 at 14:55 in ♍ Virgo.
At 00:00 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
6 days after previous South standstill on 14 August 2081 at 14:13 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.500°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.537° in the next northern standstill on 29 August 2081 at 07:15 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 3 September 2081 at 09:01 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.