Lunar Report - 10/24/2019

By: Gordon Rutherford

Moonrise  3:29 am
Median  10:03 am
Moonset   16:40 pm

The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you're willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon's surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.

Lunar orbit position on 24 October 2019 Thursday 12:00 UTC

Beaver Moon after 19 days
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2019 after 19 days on 12 November 2019 at 13:34.

Moon before perigee
13 days after point of apogee on 10 October 2019 at 18:29. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 October 2019 at 10:41

Moon after northern standstill
4 days after previous North standstill on 20 October 2019 at 08:07, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.947°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.047° in the next southern standstill on 2 November 2019 at 00:33

Neap tide
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.

Distance to Moon 363 497 km
Moon is 363 497 km (225 867 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 316 km (224 511 mi).

New Moon in 3 days
After 3 days on 28 October 2019 at 03:38, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.


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