Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 27 April 2017 Thursday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | April 2017

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

Waxing Crescent 1% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 26 April 2017 at 12:16.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1968"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1906".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 13 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 25 May 2017 at 19:44

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 214 / 1167

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 214 of Meeus index or 1167 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.31 days

Length of current 214 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 28 minutes. It is 42 minutes longer than next lunation 215 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 53 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠340.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠340.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠356°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 16:18, this is 12 days after last apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 12 May 2017 at 19:51 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 359 325 km

This perigee Moon is 359 325 km (223 274 mi) away from Earth. It is 3 183 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 11 031 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

5 days after its descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 4 May 2017 at 10:42 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

20 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 before northern standstill

9 days after previous South standstill on 17 April 2017 at 13:12 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-19.095°. Next 3 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 13 days

After 13 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43 in ♏ Scorpio, 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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