Crescent ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 2 November 2018 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 31 October 2018 at 16:40.
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 first ∠4° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1964" and ∠1934".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2018 after 20 days on 23 November 2018 at 05:39.
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 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 perigee on 31 October 2018 at 20:05 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 14 November 2018 at 15:57 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 365 007 km (226 805 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 341 km (251 246 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 31 October 2018 at 03:46 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 November 2018 at 14:04 in ♑ Capricorn.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 29 October 2018 at 18:34 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.292°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.401° in the next southern standstill on 12 November 2018 at 02:21 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 7 November 2018 at 16:02 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.