Crescent ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 4 October 2018 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 2 October 2018 at 09:45.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 20 days on 24 October 2018 at 16:45.
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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
14 days after point of apogee on 20 September 2018 at 00:54 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 5 October 2018 at 22:29 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 363 324 km (225 759 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 366 396 km (227 668 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♌ Leo at 03:10 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius.
At 03:10 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 2 October 2018 at 13:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.037°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.154° in the next southern standstill on 15 October 2018 at 17:26 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 4 days on 9 October 2018 at 03:47 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.