Moon* ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 30 January 2018 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 24 January 2018 at 22:20.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1969" and ∠1948".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2018 after 1 day 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 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 223 of Meeus index or 1176 from Brown series.
Length of current 223 lunation is 29 days, 18 hours and 48 minutes. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 09:54, this is 15 days after last apogee on 15 January 2018 at 02:10 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
This perigee Moon is 358 995 km (223 069 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 513 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 361 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 18 January 2018 at 14:28 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 31 January 2018 at 18:46 in ♌ Leo.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.027°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.026° in the next southern standstill on 11 February 2018 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day on 31 January 2018 at 13:27 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.