Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 23 August 2018 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 5 days on 18 August 2018 at 07:49.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2018 after 2 days on 26 August 2018 at 11:56.
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 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 230 of Meeus index or 1183 from Brown series.
Length of current 230 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 4 minutes. It is 1 hour and 41 minutes shorter than next lunation 231 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 29 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠11.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠28°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 11:23, this is 12 days after last perigee on 10 August 2018 at 18:05 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 8 September 2018 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 405 744 km (252 118 mi) away from Earth. It is 336 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 965 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 10 August 2018 at 13:40 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 August 2018 at 04:51 in ♒ Aquarius.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 22 August 2018 at 02:58 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.773°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.837° in the next northern standstill on 5 September 2018 at 06:56 in ♋ Cancer.
After 2 days on 26 August 2018 at 11:56 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.