Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 18 February 2025 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 12 February 2025 at 13:53.
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 ∠6° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 9.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1941".
Next Full Moon is the Worm Moon of March 2025 after 23 days on 14 March 2025 at 06:55.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 310 of Meeus index or 1263 from Brown series.
Length of current 310 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 311 length.
Length of current synodic month is 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠305.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠329.3°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 01:11, this is 15 days after last perigee on 2 February 2025 at 02:43 in ♈ Aries. 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 1 March 2025 at 21:18 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 404 882 km (251 582 mi) away from Earth. It is 526 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 827 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 15 February 2025 at 06:53 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 1 March 2025 at 05:40 in ♓ Pisces.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 8 February 2025 at 10:40 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.599°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.673° in the next southern standstill on 22 February 2025 at 22:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 9 days on 28 February 2025 at 00:45 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.