Lunar Report - 10/26/2019

By: Gordon Rutherford

Moonrise  5:39 am
Median  11:52 am
Moonset   16:03 pm

Lunar orbit position on 26 October 2019 Sunday 12:00 UTC

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.

Beaver Moon after 16 days
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2019 after 16 days on 12 November 2019 at 13:34.

Spring tide
There is high New Moon ocean tide today. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

Moon after perigee
1 day after point of perigee on 26 October 2019 at 10:41. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 7 November 2019 at 08:37.

Distance to Moon 366 793 km
Moon is 366 793 km (227 915 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 10 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 060 km (251 693 mi).

Moon before southern standstill
7 days after previous North standstill on 20 October 2019 at 08:07, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.947°. Next 5 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.

Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy (aka - NEW MOON)
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun today and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.


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