Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 27 February 2018 Tuesday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 23 February 2018 at 08:09.
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.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1937".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2018 after 2 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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 14:48, this is 16 days after last apogee on 11 February 2018 at 14:16 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 11 March 2018 at 09:13 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 363 938 km (226 141 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 430 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 418 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
12 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 day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 February 2018 at 05:03 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 25 February 2018 at 20:07 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.056°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.112° in the next southern standstill on 11 March 2018 at 06:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 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.