Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 3 May 2018 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠23° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1779" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 26 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
12 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 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 402 895 km (250 347 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 458 km (251 319 mi).
9 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 in ♒ Aquarius.
9 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 21 April 2018 at 07:38 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.445°. Next day 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.
After 11 days on 15 May 2018 at 11:48 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.