Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 June 2016 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 12 June 2016 at 08:10.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1783" and ∠1888".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2016 after 1 day on 20 June 2016 at 11:02.
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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 203 of Meeus index or 1156 from Brown series.
Length of current 203 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 1 minute. It is 1 hour and 43 minutes shorter than next lunation 204 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠48.9°. 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 15 June 2016 at 12:00 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 1 July 2016 at 06:45 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 401 923 km (249 743 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 983 km (227 411 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 11 June 2016 at 22:20 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 June 2016 at 05:28 in ♓ Pisces.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 6 June 2016 at 09:13 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.575°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.610° in the next southern standstill on 20 June 2016 at 18:52 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 20 June 2016 at 11:02 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.