Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 31 January 2018 Wednesday is Full Moon, 14 days old Moon is in Leo.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 about ∠11° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1947".
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 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 30 January 2018 at 09:54 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 366 054 km (227 455 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 701 km (252 091 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 18:46 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 14 February 2018 at 21:11 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 18:46 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
2 days after previous North standstill on 29 January 2018 at 11:32 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.027°. Next 11 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.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.