Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 18 February 2011 Friday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Virgo.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.
Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1941".
The Full Moon this days is the Snow of February 2011.
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 137 of Meeus index or 1090 from Brown series.
Length of current 137 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 15 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2011. It is 29 minutes longer than next lunation 138 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠139.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠167°. 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 6 February 2011 at 23:13 in ♓ Pisces. 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 February 2011 at 07:27 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 365 068 km (226 843 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 247 km (222 604 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 14 February 2011 at 08:14 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 26 February 2011 at 20:19 in ♐ Sagittarius.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 13 February 2011 at 09:00 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠24.080°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.985° in the next southern standstill on 25 February 2011 at 22:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.