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Moon phase on 21 April 2017 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Aquarius.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | April 2017

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

Waning Crescent 30% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 30% and getting smaller. The 24 days old Moon is in ♒ Aquarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 19 April 2017 at 09:57.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♒ Aquarius

Moon is leaving the last ∠4° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♓ Pisces later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1850"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1850" and ∠1909".

Flower Moon after 19 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 19 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 26 April 2017 at 12:16
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 3 May 2017 at 02:47
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 10 May 2017 at 21:43
  • Last Quarter in Pisces ♓ on 19 May 2017 at 00:33

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 213 / 1166

The Moon is 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 213 of Meeus index or 1166 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

Length of current 213 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than next lunation 214 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠321.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.4°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Moon after apogee

6 days after point of apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 387 509 km

Moon is 387 509 km (240 787 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 6 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 325 km (223 274 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♒ Aquarius at 22:30 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet ascending node on 4 May 2017 at 10:42 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after southern standstill

3 days after previous South standstill on 17 April 2017 at 13:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.095°. Next 9 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠19.187° in the next northern standstill on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 5 days

After 5 days on 26 April 2017 at 12:16 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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