Moon* ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 1 January 2018 Monday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Cancer.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.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1951".
The Full Moon this days is the Wolf of January 2018.
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 14 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 222 of Meeus index or 1175 from Brown series.
Length of current 222 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 47 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. It is 59 minutes longer than next lunation 223 length.
Length of current synodic month is 7 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month and it is the longest synodic month length of a for 21st century.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠173.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠198.1°. 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 perigee on this date at 21:54, this is 13 days after last apogee on 19 December 2017 at 01:27 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 15 January 2018 at 02:10 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 356 566 km (221 560 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's closest perigee of 2018. It is 5 942 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 141 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
10 days after its descending node on 22 December 2017 at 10:04 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 4 January 2018 at 07:48 in ♌ Leo.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 19 December 2017 at 09:31 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.062°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.055° in the next northern standstill on 2 January 2018 at 00:01 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.