Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 99%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 24 October 2018 at 16:45 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

It is Hunter Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Hunter of October 2018.

Spring tide

There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1876"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1876" and ∠1930".

Lunation 232 / 1185

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 232 of Meeus index or 1185 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.51 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes and it is 3 hours and 3 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 29 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 40 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠49.6°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠49.6° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠79.7°.

Moon before perigee

7 days since point of apogee on 17 October 2018 at 19:16 in ♑ Capricorn the lunar orbit is getting narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 6 days until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 31 October 2018 at 20:05 in ♌ Leo.

Distance to Moon 382 113 km

The Moon is 382 113 km (237 434 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 6 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 370 201 km (230 032 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 17 October 2018 at 12:03 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 31 October 2018 at 03:46 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the last southern standstill on 15 October 2018 at 17:26 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-21.154° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠21.292° at the point of next northern standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

21 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov