Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 April 2006 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | April 2006

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

Waning Gibbous 78% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 78% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1896"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1896" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon before 4 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2006 after 24 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 13 May 2006 at 06:51

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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 before perigee

8 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 6 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 377 995 km

Moon is 377 995 km (234 875 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 737 km (226 016 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 12 April 2006 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 April 2006 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.

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Draconic month

20 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 in southern standstill

At 22:27 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.668°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.616° in its northern standstill point on 1 May 2006 at 16:26 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 27 April 2006 at 19:44 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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