Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 31 August 2018 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 26 August 2018 at 11:56.
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 about ∠6° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1875" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2018 after 24 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
8 days 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 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 8 September 2018 at 01:21 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 382 269 km (237 531 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 355 km (224 536 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 24 August 2018 at 04:51 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 September 2018 at 22:42 in ♋ Cancer.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 22 August 2018 at 02:58 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.773°. Next 4 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 9 days on 9 September 2018 at 18:01 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.