Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 12 May 2018 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Aries.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 8 May 2018 at 02:09.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1857" and ∠1899".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2018 after 17 days on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2018 at 00:35 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 in ♊ Gemini.
Moon is 385 959 km (239 824 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 5 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 777 km (226 041 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 7 May 2018 at 10:24 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 in ♌ Leo.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 4 May 2018 at 23:00 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.562°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.652° in the next northern standstill on 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 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.