Gibbous ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 18 January 2008 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 15 January 2008 at 19:46.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2008 after 4 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35.
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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 99 of Meeus index or 1052 from Brown series.
Length of current 99 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 7 minutes. It is 2 hours and 37 minutes longer than next lunation 100 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 23 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 40 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠242.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠280°. 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°).
15 days after point of apogee on 3 January 2008 at 08:06 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 January 2008 at 08:39 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 363 784 km (226 045 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 436 km (227 693 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 11 January 2008 at 15:17 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 January 2008 at 10:49 in ♌ Leo.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous South standstill on 6 January 2008 at 15:50 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.939°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.985° in the next northern standstill on 19 January 2008 at 23:29 in ♊ Gemini.
After 4 days on 22 January 2008 at 13:35 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.