Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 15 January 2018 Monday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | January 2018

Waning Crescent phase
Waning Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Crescent 2% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 8 January 2018 at 22:25.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".

Wolf Moon after 16 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 16 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.

Upcoming main Moon phases

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 222 / 1175

The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 222 of Meeus index or 1175 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.82 days

Length of current 222 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 47 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. It is 59 minutes longer than next lunation 223 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 7 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month and it is the longest synodic month length of a for 21st century.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠173.3°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠173.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠198.1°. 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 in apogee

Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 02:10, this is 13 days after last perigee on 1 January 2018 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 406 461 km

This apogee Moon is 406 461 km (252 563 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2018. It is 1 053 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 248 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 4 January 2018 at 07:48 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon in southern standstill

At 16:28 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.048°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.027° in its northern standstill point on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 17 January 2018 at 02:17 in ♑ Capricorn, 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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