Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 April 2014 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 15 April 2014 at 07:42.
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 about ∠8° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1926" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2014 after 26 days on 14 May 2014 at 19:16.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 176 of Meeus index or 1129 from Brown series.
Length of current 176 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 177 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠46.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠76.9°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 8 April 2014 at 14:52 in ♋ Cancer. 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 23 April 2014 at 00:27 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 372 241 km (231 300 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 765 km (229 761 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 15 April 2014 at 13:22 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 April 2014 at 11:36 in ♈ Aries.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous North standstill on 5 April 2014 at 07:12 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.957°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.946° in the next southern standstill on 19 April 2014 at 12:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 29 April 2014 at 06:14 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.