Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 July 2008 Friday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1800" and ∠1888".
The Full Moon this days is the Buck of July 2008.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 105 of Meeus index or 1058 from Brown series.
Length of current 105 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 54 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes shorter than next lunation 106 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 50 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 19 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠20.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠39.2°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 14 July 2008 at 04:13 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 29 July 2008 at 23:24 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 398 205 km (247 433 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 887 km (226 109 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 5 July 2008 at 15:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 July 2008 at 03:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 15 July 2008 at 15:03 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.566°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.598° in the next northern standstill on 29 July 2008 at 06:17 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.