Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 26 October 2018 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | October 2018

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

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 24 October 2018 at 16:45.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♉ Taurus

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♊ Gemini later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1899"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1899" and ∠1931".

Hunter Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2018 after 27 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.

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 232 / 1185

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 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

Length of current 232 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 233 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠49.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠49.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠79.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon before perigee

8 days after point of apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 October 2018 at 20:05 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 377 386 km

Moon is 377 386 km (234 497 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 201 km (230 032 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after its descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 31 October 2018 at 03:46 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

22 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 before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 15 October 2018 at 17:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.154°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.292° in the next northern standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 7 November 2018 at 16:02 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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