Quarter* ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 18 February 2021 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 6 days young Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 6 days on 11 February 2021 at 19:06.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Snow Moon of February 2021 after 8 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17.
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 6 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 261 of Meeus index or 1214 from Brown series.
Length of current 261 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. It is 55 minutes shorter than next lunation 262 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 31 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠87°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠124.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 10:22, this is 14 days after last perigee on 3 February 2021 at 19:33 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 March 2021 at 05:19 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 404 467 km (251 324 mi) away from Earth. It is 941 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 242 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its descending node on 7 February 2021 at 00:29 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 21 February 2021 at 01:44 in ♊ Gemini.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 8 February 2021 at 15:34 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-24.953°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.056° in the next northern standstill on 23 February 2021 at 00:12 in ♋ Cancer.
After 8 days on 27 February 2021 at 08:17 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.