Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 16 February 2018 Friday is New Moon, 1 day young Moon is in Pisces.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 about ∠5° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1809" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 13 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.
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 21:05 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.
29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes is the length of new lunation 224. It is 3 hours and 20 minutes longer than next lunation 225 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 22 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠227.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠262.6°. 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°).
4 days after point of apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 396 256 km (246 222 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 938 km (226 141 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 14 February 2018 at 21:11 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo.
15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 11 February 2018 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.026°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.056° in the next northern standstill on 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.