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Moon phase on 17 April 2005 Sunday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2005 | April 2005

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 58% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 16 April 2005 at 14:37 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2005 after 6 days on 24 April 2005 at 10:06.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 24 April 2005 at 10:06
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 1 May 2005 at 06:24
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 8 May 2005 at 08:45
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 16 May 2005 at 08:56

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 65 / 1018

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 65 of Meeus index or 1018 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.51 days

Length of current 65 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 13 minutes. It is 57 minutes shorter than next lunation 66 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 31 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 38 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠62.3°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠62.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠96.6°. 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°).

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 16 April 2005 at 18:41 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 29 April 2005 at 09:59 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 405 258 km

Moon is 405 258 km (251 816 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 369 029 km (229 304 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after its ascending node on 9 April 2005 at 02:59 in ♈ Aries, 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 23 April 2005 at 13:30 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days after previous North standstill on 14 April 2005 at 16:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.381°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.359° in the next southern standstill on 28 April 2005 at 15:55 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 24 April 2005 at 10:06 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.

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