Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 12 April 2006 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 13 days young Moon is in Libra.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | April 2006

Waxing Gibbous phase
Waxing Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Gibbous 99% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and growing larger. The 13 days young Moon is in ♎ Libra.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 6 days on 5 April 2006 at 12:01.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♎ Libra

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♎ Libra tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1781"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1914".

Pink Moon after 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 1 day on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 13 April 2006 at 16:40
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 21 April 2006 at 03:28
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 27 April 2006 at 19:44
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 5 May 2006 at 05:13

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 77 / 1030

The Moon is 13 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 77 of Meeus index or 1030 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

Length of current 77 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2006. It is 13 minutes shorter than next lunation 78 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 54 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠19°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠19°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠38.4°. 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

2 days after point of apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 12 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 25 April 2006 at 10:38 in ♈ Aries.

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Distance to Moon 402 372 km

Moon is 402 372 km (250 022 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 12 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 737 km (226 016 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 02:35 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 25 April 2006 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days after previous North standstill on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.715°. Next 6 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.668° in the next southern standstill on 18 April 2006 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 1 day

After 1 day on 13 April 2006 at 16:40 in ♎ Libra, 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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