Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 17 January 2018 Wednesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1950".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 14 days on 31 January 2018 at 13:27.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 02:17 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 223 of Meeus index or 1176 from Brown series.
29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes is the length of new lunation 223. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2018. It is 2 hours and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 224 length.
Length of current synodic month is 7 hours and 3 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 59 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠198.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠227.1°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 15 January 2018 at 02:10 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 403 532 km (250 743 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 358 995 km (223 069 mi).
13 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 15 January 2018 at 16:28 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.048°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.027° in the next northern standstill on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.