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Moon phase on 7 April 2018 Saturday is Last Quarter, 21 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | April 2018

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

Last Quarter 58% illuminated

Last Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

* The exact date and time of this Last Quarter phase is on 8 April 2018 at 07:18 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at midnight and sets at noon. It is visible to the south in the morning.

Moon in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1769"

Lunar disc appears visually 8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1769" and ∠1916".

Pink Moon after 22 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 22 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 8 April 2018 at 07:18
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 16 April 2018 at 01:57
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 April 2018 at 21:46
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 30 April 2018 at 00:58

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 225 / 1178

The Moon is 21 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

Length of current 225 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 226 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 7 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠262.6°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.5°. 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 before apogee

11 days after point of perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 405 261 km

Moon is 405 261 km (251 818 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 145 km (251 124 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after its ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon in southern standstill

At 14:37 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-20.320°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠20.445° in its northern standstill point on 21 April 2018 at 07:38 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 8 days

After 8 days on 16 April 2018 at 01:57 in ♈ Aries, 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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