Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 18 January 2006 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 14 January 2006 at 09:48.
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 is passing about ∠13° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1770" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2006 after 25 days on 13 February 2006 at 04:44.
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.
The Moon is 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 74 of Meeus index or 1027 from Brown series.
Length of current 74 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 3 minutes. It is 47 minutes longer than next lunation 75 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 28 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠329.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠347.5°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 17 January 2006 at 19:07 in ♌ Leo. 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 2006 at 07:47 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 404 938 km (251 617 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 781 km (222 315 mi).
12 days after its ascending node on 6 January 2006 at 05:01 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 January 2006 at 12:06 in ♎ Libra.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 12 January 2006 at 13:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.410°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.492° in the next southern standstill on 27 January 2006 at 00:14 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 29 January 2006 at 14:15 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.