Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 30 April 2018 Monday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Scorpio.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 ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1825" and ∠1904".
The Full Moon this days is the Pink of April 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 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 226 of Meeus index or 1179 from Brown series.
Length of current 226 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 51 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 227 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠296.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.7°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 20 April 2018 at 14:44 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 392 769 km (244 055 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 458 km (251 319 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 23 April 2018 at 12:19 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 in ♒ Aquarius.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 21 April 2018 at 07:38 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.445°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.562° in the next southern standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.