Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 15 April 2011 Friday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Virgo.

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Moon phase details for

Lunar calendar 2011 | April 2011

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

Waxing Gibbous 90% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 90% and growing larger.

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Moon phase and lunation

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.

3 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 11 April 2011 at 12:05.

Pink Moon after 2 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April after 2 days on 18 April 2011 at 02:44.

Moon in Virgo

Moon is passing about ∠18° of Virgo tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming Moon phases

Apparent angular diameter ∠1970"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.97% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1912".

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 139 / 1092

Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 139 of Meeus index or 1092 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.68 days

Length of current 139 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes longer than next lunation 140.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠190.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠190.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠216.7°. The length of upcoming synodic months decreases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0°or∠360°).

Moon before perigee

13 days after point of apogee on 2 April 2011 at 09:00, lunar orbit gets closer while the Moon moves inward the Earth. It keeps this direction for next 1 day until it gets to the point of perigee on 17 April 2011 at 05:59.

Distance to Moon 363 871 km

Moon is 363 871 km (226 099 mi) away from Earth on this date. At previous apogee point before 13 days, distance is 406 656 km (252 684 mi). Moon moves closer next 1 day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance reaches 358 088 km (222 506 mi).

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 9 April 2011 at 12:48, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 22 April 2011 at 01:05.

Draconic month

20 days after its beginning, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of current draconic month.

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Moon before southern standstill

6 days after previous North standstill on 8 April 2011 at 22:55, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠23.569°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 6 days to face South declination of ∠-23.498° in the next southern standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40.

Syzygy in 2 days

After 2 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 18 April 2011 at 02:44.

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