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Moon phase on 16 April 2018 Monday is New Moon, less than 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | April 2018

New Moon phase
New Moon phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

New Moon

New Moon is the lunar phase on . Surface of the Moon disc is not illuminated. The less than 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

* The exact date and time of this New Moon phase is on 16 April 2018 at 01:57 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.

Moon is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠2° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter

Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1895" and ∠1912".

Pink Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 13 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 April 2018 at 21:46
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 30 April 2018 at 00:58
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 8 May 2018 at 02:09
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 15 May 2018 at 11:48

Spring tide

There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

New lunation 226 / 1179

At 01:57 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 226 of Meeus index or 1179 from Brown series.


Synodic month length 29.41 days

29 days, 9 hours and 51 minutes is the length of new lunation 226. It is 1 hour and 56 minutes longer than next lunation 227 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 16 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠296.5°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠296.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠321.7°. 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 perigee

8 days after point of apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 20 April 2018 at 14:44 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 378 245 km

Moon is 378 245 km (235 031 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 368 713 km (229 108 mi).

Moon after descending node

6 days after its descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 23 April 2018 at 12:19 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days after previous South standstill on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-20.320°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠20.445° in the next northern standstill on 21 April 2018 at 07:38 in ♋ Cancer.

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Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy

The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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