Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 May 2030 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 17 May 2030 at 11:19.
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 ∠12° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1971" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2030 after 28 days on 15 June 2030 at 18:41.
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 375 of Meeus index or 1328 from Brown series.
Length of current 375 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 9 minutes. It is 56 minutes longer than next lunation 376 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 38 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠165.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠189°. 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 May 2030 at 13:45 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 31 May 2030 at 06:14 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 363 723 km (226 007 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 12 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 469 km (252 568 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 18:32 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 1 June 2030 at 17:30 in ♊ Gemini.
At 18:32 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
At 20:54 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-22.737°. Next 14 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠22.730° in its northern standstill point on 1 June 2030 at 20:22 in ♊ Gemini.
After 13 days on 1 June 2030 at 06:21 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.