Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 18 May 2071 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 14 May 2071 at 03:24.
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 ∠16° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2071 after 25 days on 12 June 2071 at 17:36.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 882 of Meeus index or 1835 from Brown series.
Length of current 882 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 46 minutes. It is 1 hour and 42 minutes longer than next lunation 883 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 58 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 11 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠313.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠334°. 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 23:14, this is 15 days after last perigee on 3 May 2071 at 02:56 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 31 May 2071 at 00:58 in ♋ Cancer.
This apogee Moon is 405 116 km (251 727 mi) away from Earth. It is 292 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 593 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its ascending node on 10 May 2071 at 11:27 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 24 May 2071 at 23:39 in ♓ Pisces.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 17 May 2071 at 00:17 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.342°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.383° in the next northern standstill on 30 May 2071 at 20:30 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 29 May 2071 at 11:17 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.