Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 20 February 2018 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 15 February 2018 at 21:05.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1895" and ∠1940".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 9 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51.
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 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 224 of Meeus index or 1177 from Brown series.
Length of current 224 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes. 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°).
8 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 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 February 2018 at 14:48 in ♋ Cancer.
Moon is 378 220 km (235 015 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 938 km (226 141 mi).
5 days 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 in ♌ Leo.
19 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 11 February 2018 at 23:21 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.026°. Next 5 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.
After 9 days on 2 March 2018 at 00:51 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.