Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 18 August 2017 Friday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 15 August 2017 at 01:15.
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 ∠12° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2017 after 18 days on 6 September 2017 at 07:03.
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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 217 of Meeus index or 1170 from Brown series.
Length of current 217 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 15 minutes shorter than next lunation 218 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠27.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠49.5°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 13:14, this is 15 days after last apogee on 2 August 2017 at 17:55 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 30 August 2017 at 11:25 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 366 129 km (227 502 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 621 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 4 227 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 8 August 2017 at 10:56 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 August 2017 at 10:34 in ♌ Leo.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 06:50 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠19.381°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-19.393° in its southern standstill point on 1 September 2017 at 02:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 3 days on 21 August 2017 at 18:30 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.