Moon* ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 8 September 2018 Saturday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 3 September 2018 at 02:37.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1963" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2018 after 16 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53.
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 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 perigee on this date at 01:21, this is 15 days after last apogee on 23 August 2018 at 11:23 in ♑ Capricorn. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 20 September 2018 at 00:54 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 361 355 km (224 536 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 153 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 9 001 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 6 September 2018 at 22:42 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 September 2018 at 09:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 5 September 2018 at 06:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.837°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.909° in the next southern standstill on 18 September 2018 at 09:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 1 day 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.