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Moon phase on 9 October 2018 Tuesday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1899" and ∠1921".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 15 days on 24 October 2018 at 16:45.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 03:47 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.
29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes is the length of new lunation 232. It is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than next lunation 233 length.
Length of current synodic month is 29 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 40 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠49.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠79.7°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 5 October 2018 at 22:29 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 377 439 km (234 530 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 227 km (251 175 mi).
5 days 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 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
6 days after previous North standstill on 2 October 2018 at 13:03 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.037°. Next 6 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.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.