Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 30 June 2018 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 28 June 2018 at 04:53.
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 ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1887".
Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon of July 2018 after 27 days on 27 July 2018 at 20:20.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 02:43, this is 15 days after last perigee on 14 June 2018 at 23:55 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 13 July 2018 at 08:28 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 406 061 km (252 315 mi) away from Earth. It is 653 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 648 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 16:44 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 14 July 2018 at 02:50 in ♌ Leo.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 28 June 2018 at 14:30 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.775°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.761° in the next northern standstill on 12 July 2018 at 12:01 in ♋ Cancer.
After 12 days on 13 July 2018 at 02:48 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.