Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 17 February 2019 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 12 February 2019 at 22:26.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1942".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2019 after 2 days on 19 February 2019 at 15:53.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 236 of Meeus index or 1189 from Brown series.
Length of current 236 lunation is 29 days, 19 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than next lunation 237 length.
Length of current synodic month is 6 hours and 16 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 47 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠175.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠200.2°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
12 days after point of apogee on 5 February 2019 at 09:26 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 February 2019 at 09:06 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 364 844 km (226 704 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 356 762 km (221 682 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 09:42 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 2 March 2019 at 11:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
At 09:42 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous North standstill on 16 February 2019 at 09:56 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.590°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.642° in the next southern standstill on 1 March 2019 at 06:23 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 2 days on 19 February 2019 at 15:53 in ♌ Leo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.