Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 January 2018 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | January 2018

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

Waxing Crescent 2% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 2% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 17 January 2018 at 02:17.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1786"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1786" and ∠1950".

Wolf Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 13 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 223 / 1176

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 223 of Meeus index or 1176 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.78 days

Length of current 223 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 224 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, but it is still 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠198.1°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠198.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠227.1°. 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 after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 15 January 2018 at 02:10 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 401 218 km

Moon is 401 218 km (249 305 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 995 km (223 069 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 14:28 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 31 January 2018 at 18:46 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

2 days after previous South standstill on 15 January 2018 at 16:28 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.048°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.027° in the next northern standstill on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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