Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 16 June 2018 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 13 June 2018 at 19:43.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1972" and ∠1889".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2018 after 11 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 228 of Meeus index or 1181 from Brown series.
Length of current 228 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 5 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2018. It is 5 minutes shorter than next lunation 229 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 39 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 30 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 30 June 2018 at 02:43 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 363 473 km (225 852 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 13 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 061 km (252 315 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 17:50 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 30 June 2018 at 16:44 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 17:50 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 15 June 2018 at 00:52 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.754°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.775° in the next southern standstill on 28 June 2018 at 14:30 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.