Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 31 May 2018 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 29 May 2018 at 14:20.
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 first ∠1° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2018 after 27 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 227 of Meeus index or 1180 from Brown series.
Length of current 227 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes. It is 50 minutes longer than next lunation 228 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 49 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 20 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.3°. 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2018 at 21:06 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 2 June 2018 at 16:34 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 403 827 km (250 926 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 316 km (251 852 mi).
10 days after its ascending node on 20 May 2018 at 13:13 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 3 June 2018 at 12:39 in ♒ Aquarius.
10 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 18 May 2018 at 15:02 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.652°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.727° in the next southern standstill on 1 June 2018 at 07:09 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 13 days on 13 June 2018 at 19:43 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.