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Moon phase on 12 April 2019 Friday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2019 | April 2019

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

First Quarter 47% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 47% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 12 April 2019 at 19:06 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 in ♋ Cancer

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1950"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1950" and ∠1914".

Pink Moon after 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2019 after 6 days on 19 April 2019 at 11:12.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 19 April 2019 at 11:12
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 26 April 2019 at 22:18
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 4 May 2019 at 22:45
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 12 May 2019 at 01:12

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 238 / 1191

The Moon is 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 238 of Meeus index or 1191 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.58 days

Length of current 238 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes longer than next lunation 239 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠228.7°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠228.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠263°. 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

11 days after point of apogee on 1 April 2019 at 00:14 in ♒ Aquarius. 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 16 April 2019 at 22:02 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 367 648 km

Moon is 367 648 km (228 446 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 4 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 364 209 km (226 309 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♋ Cancer at 18:08 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet descending node on 25 April 2019 at 15:02 in ♑ Capricorn.

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New draconic month

At 18:08 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 11 April 2019 at 23:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.016°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.125° in the next southern standstill on 24 April 2019 at 21:22 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 6 days

After 6 days on 19 April 2019 at 11:12 in ♎ Libra, 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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