Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 18 May 2025 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56.
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 first ∠3° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1864" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2025 after 23 days on 11 June 2025 at 07:44.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 313 of Meeus index or 1266 from Brown series.
Length of current 313 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 31 minutes. It is 2 minutes longer than next lunation 314 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 13 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 56 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠2.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠17.8°. 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°).
7 days after point of apogee on 11 May 2025 at 00:49 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 26 May 2025 at 01:37 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 384 454 km (238 889 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 023 km (223 087 mi).
10 days after its descending node on 7 May 2025 at 23:44 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 May 2025 at 08:05 in ♓ Pisces.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous South standstill on 15 May 2025 at 18:44 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.484°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.442° in the next northern standstill on 28 May 2025 at 16:16 in ♊ Gemini.
After 8 days on 27 May 2025 at 03:02 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.