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Moon phase on 8 April 2014 Tuesday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2014 | April 2014

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

First Quarter 61% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The Moon is in ♌ Leo.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 7 April 2014 at 08:31 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 is entering ♌ Leo

Moon is passing first ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in ♎ Libra on
  • Last Quarter in ♒ Aquarius on
  • New Moon in ♉ Taurus on
  • First Quarter in ♌ Leo on

Pink Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April after 6 days on 15 April 2014 at 07:42.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1768"

Lunar disc appears visually 8.05% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1916".

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 176 / 1129

Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 176 of Meeus index or 1129 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.48 days

Length of current 176 lunation is 29 days, 11 hours and 30 minutes. It is 56 minutes shorter than next lunation 177.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠46.9°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠46.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly is ∠76.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months increases since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon in apogee

Moon reaches point of apogee at 00:27 on this date, 11 days after perigee on 8 April 2014 at 14:52. Lunar orbit starts getting closer, while the Moon moves inward the Earth 14 days ahead until next perigee on 23 April 2014 at 00:27.

Distance to Moon 404 503 km

This apogee Moon is 404 503 km (251 347 mi) away from Earth. It is 905 km farther than mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 206 km closer than the farthest for 21st century.

Moon before ascending node

7 days after its descending node on 1 April 2014 at 02:30, the Moon follows the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days untill it crosses the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 April 2014 at 13:22.

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 after northern standstill

3 days after previous North standstill on 5 April 2014 at 07:12, when Moon reaches northern declination of ∠18.957°, lunar orbit moves southward for the next 11 days to face South declination of ∠-18.946° in the next southern standstill on 19 April 2014 at 12:55.

Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days the Moon is in Full Moon opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy on 15 April 2014 at 07:42.

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