Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 May 2006 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.
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 first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2006 after 24 days on 11 June 2006 at 18:03.
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.
The Moon is 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 78 of Meeus index or 1031 from Brown series.
Length of current 78 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 42 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 79 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 7 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠38.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.2°. 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°).
11 days after point of apogee on 7 May 2006 at 06:47 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 22 May 2006 at 15:29 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 367 934 km (228 624 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 615 km (229 047 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 9 May 2006 at 08:29 in ♎ Libra, 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 22 May 2006 at 18:00 in ♓ Pisces.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 16 May 2006 at 03:52 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.539°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.490° in the next northern standstill on 29 May 2006 at 01:13 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 27 May 2006 at 05:26 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.