Moon ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 15 January 2018 Monday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 8 January 2018 at 22:25.
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 ∠8° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 16 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee on this date at 02:10, this is 13 days after last perigee on 1 January 2018 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 461 km (252 563 mi) away from Earth. This is the year's farthest apogee of 2018. It is 1 053 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 248 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 4 January 2018 at 07:48 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 16:28 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.048°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.027° in its northern standstill point on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer.
After 1 day on 17 January 2018 at 02:17 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.