Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 20 September 2018 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 16 September 2018 at 23:15.
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 ∠6° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Harvest Moon of September 2018 after 4 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 231 of Meeus index or 1184 from Brown series.
Length of current 231 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 45 minutes. It is 2 hours and 30 minutes shorter than next lunation 232 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 59 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 10 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠28°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠49.6°. 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 00:54, this is 11 days after last perigee on 8 September 2018 at 01:21 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 5 October 2018 at 22:29 in ♌ Leo.
This apogee Moon is 404 875 km (251 578 mi) away from Earth. It is 533 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 834 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 09:30 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 4 October 2018 at 03:10 in ♌ Leo.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 18 September 2018 at 09:35 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.909°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.037° in the next northern standstill on 2 October 2018 at 13:03 in ♋ Cancer.
After 4 days on 25 September 2018 at 02:53 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.