Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 5 October 2018 Friday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 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 ∠23° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 19 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 25 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 22:29, this is 15 days after last apogee on 20 September 2018 at 00:54 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
This perigee Moon is 366 396 km (227 668 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 888 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 960 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
1 day after its ascending node on 4 October 2018 at 03:10 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 2 October 2018 at 13:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.037°. Next 10 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 3 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.