Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 11 February 2017 Saturday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Leo.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.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1872" and ∠1944".
The Full Moon this days is the Snow of February 2017.
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 211 of Meeus index or 1164 from Brown series.
Length of current 211 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 51 minutes. It is 2 hours and 52 minutes longer than next lunation 212 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 7 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 56 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠259.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠295°. 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°).
4 days after point of perigee on 6 February 2017 at 13:59 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 February 2017 at 21:14 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 382 821 km (237 874 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 7 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 376 km (251 268 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 19:49 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 26 February 2017 at 06:28 in ♓ Pisces.
At 19:49 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
3 days after previous North standstill on 7 February 2017 at 18:34 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.865°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.848° in the next southern standstill on 21 February 2017 at 20:50 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.