Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 October 2018 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 16 October 2018 at 18:02.
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 ∠14° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1926".
Next Full Moon is the Hunter Moon of October 2018 after 6 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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.
Length of current 232 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 13 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 31 October 2018 at 20:05 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 405 351 km (251 873 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 13 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 370 201 km (230 032 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 31 October 2018 at 03:46 in ♌ Leo.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 15 October 2018 at 17:26 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.154°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.292° in the next northern standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 24 October 2018 at 16:45 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.