Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 March 2017 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 12 March 2017 at 14:54.
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 ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2017 after 23 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 212 of Meeus index or 1165 from Brown series.
Length of current 212 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes longer than next lunation 213 length.
Length of current synodic month is 45 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 24 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠295°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.4°. 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 17:25, this is 15 days after last perigee on 3 March 2017 at 07:24 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 651 km (251 438 mi) away from Earth. It is 757 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 058 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its ascending node on 11 March 2017 at 04:17 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 25 March 2017 at 15:41 in ♒ Aquarius.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 7 March 2017 at 00:43 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.861°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.912° in the next southern standstill on 21 March 2017 at 05:22 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 9 days on 28 March 2017 at 02:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.