Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 24 August 2018 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 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.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Sturgeon Moon of August 2018 after 1 day on 26 August 2018 at 11:56.
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 13 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 23 August 2018 at 11:23 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 14 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 September 2018 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 405 276 km (251 827 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 14 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 355 km (224 536 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 04:51 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 6 September 2018 at 22:42 in ♋ Cancer.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 22 August 2018 at 02:58 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.773°. Next 11 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 1 day 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.