Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 18 October 2014 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 15 October 2014 at 19:12.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠24° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2014 after 19 days on 6 November 2014 at 22:23.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 182 of Meeus index or 1135 from Brown series.
Length of current 182 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 43 minutes. It is 1 hour and 7 minutes longer than next lunation 183 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 4 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠218.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠252.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 06:05, this is 11 days after last perigee on 6 October 2014 at 09:41 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 November 2014 at 00:21 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 404 898 km (251 592 mi) away from Earth. It is 510 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 811 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
9 days after its descending node on 8 October 2014 at 17:44 in ♈ Aries, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 October 2014 at 00:46 in ♎ Libra.
22 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous North standstill on 13 October 2014 at 13:34 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.517°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.539° in the next southern standstill on 28 October 2014 at 01:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 5 days on 23 October 2014 at 21:57 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.