Full Moon
Full MoonImage credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.(large image)

Full Moon in Aries

Full Moon on . Illuminated surface of the Moon is 100%. Lunar cycle is 15 days old.

* The exact date and time of this Full Moon phase is on 16 October 2073 at 01:54 UTC.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.

Upcoming main moon phases

Main moon phases of the following lunar cycle.

Moon phase and lunation details

Moon in ♈ Aries

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♉ Taurus later.

It is Hunter Moon

The Full Moon these days is the Hunter of October 2073.

Super spring tide

There is extremely high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is heavy, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment and the near perigee.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1926".

Lunation 912 / 1865

The Moon is 15 days old and navigating through the middle part of the current synodic month. This is lunation 912 of Meeus index or 1865 from Brown series.

Synodic month length 29.37 days

The length of this lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 52 minutes and it is 1 hour and 7 minutes shorter than the upcoming lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increase with the lunar orbit true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 52 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 17 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit details for

True anomaly ∠351.1°

The true anomaly of the Moon orbit at the beginning of this lunation cycle is ∠351.1° and at the beginning of the next lunar synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠6.3°.

Moon at apogee

Moon is at apogee at 08:16 about 14 days since last perigee on 1 October 2073 at 22:53 in ♎ Libra the lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the upcoming 13 days until point of next perigee on 30 October 2073 at 10:23 in ♏ Scorpio.

Distance to Moon 406 473 km

This apogee Moon is 406 473 km (252 571 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 065 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 236 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

5 days after descending node on 10 October 2073 at 18:58 in ♒ Aquarius the Moon is positioned south of the ecliptic over the following 8 days until the lunar crosses the ecliptic again from South to North in ascending node on 25 October 2073 at 09:03 in ♌ Leo.

Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the last southern standstill on 7 October 2073 at 14:29 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.779° the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.918° at the point of next northern standstill on 22 October 2073 at 08:46 in ♋ Cancer.

Draconic month

18 days since the beginning of this draconic month in ♌ Leo the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the lunar cycle.

Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy

The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

Lunar calendar

Sources and credits

Parts of this Lunar Calendar are based on Planetary Ephemeris Data Courtesy of Fred Espenak, www.Astropixels.com

Moon phase image credit to NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, svs.gsfc.nasa.gov