Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 June 2011 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13.
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 ∠0° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1835" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2011 after 26 days on 15 July 2011 at 06:40.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 141 of Meeus index or 1094 from Brown series.
Length of current 141 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 51 minutes. It is 2 hours and 5 minutes longer than next lunation 142 length.
Length of current synodic month is 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠248.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠283.1°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 12 June 2011 at 01:42 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 24 June 2011 at 04:13 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 390 576 km (242 693 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 275 km (251 205 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 15 June 2011 at 18:35 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 June 2011 at 04:14 in ♊ Gemini.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 15 June 2011 at 08:52 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.399°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.399° in the next northern standstill on 29 June 2011 at 17:46 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 1 July 2011 at 08:54 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.