Gibbous ♉ Taurus
Moon phase on 18 October 2024 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Taurus.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 17 October 2024 at 11:26.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠10° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1961" and ∠1927".
Next Full Moon is the Beaver Moon of November 2024 after 28 days on 15 November 2024 at 21:29.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 306 of Meeus index or 1259 from Brown series.
Length of current 306 lunation is 29 days, 17 hours and 58 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2024. It is 24 minutes longer than next lunation 307 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠179.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠204.3°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 17 October 2024 at 00:46 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 29 October 2024 at 22:50 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 365 486 km (227 102 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 164 km (252 379 mi).
2 days after its ascending node on 16 October 2024 at 07:05 in ♈ Aries, 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 29 October 2024 at 17:44 in ♎ Libra.
2 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 9 October 2024 at 11:53 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.684°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.653° in the next northern standstill on 22 October 2024 at 00:50 in ♋ Cancer.
After 14 days on 1 November 2024 at 12:47 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.