Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 May 2068 Friday 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 2068 at 05:35.
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 ∠14° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1866" and ∠1896".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2068 after 28 days on 15 June 2068 at 17:00.
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 845 of Meeus index or 1798 from Brown series.
Length of current 845 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 56 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 846 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 21 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠39.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠66°. 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 2068 at 03:18 in ♍ Virgo. 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 2068 at 09:16 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 384 169 km (238 712 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 748 km (229 129 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 17 May 2068 at 14:48 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 May 2068 at 13:21 in ♉ Taurus.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 20:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-21.444°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠21.451° in its northern standstill point on 31 May 2068 at 17:47 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 31 May 2068 at 04:03 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.