Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 April 2021 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2021 | April 2021

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

Waxing Crescent 16% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 16% and growing larger. The 4 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 12 April 2021 at 02:31.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♊ Gemini

Moon is passing about ∠14° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon after 10 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2021 after 10 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 20 April 2021 at 06:59
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 27 April 2021 at 03:31
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 3 May 2021 at 19:50
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 11 May 2021 at 19:00

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 263 / 1216

The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 263 of Meeus index or 1216 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.69 days

Length of current 263 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2021. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 264 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠154.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠154.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠178.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).

Moon after apogee

1 day after point of apogee on 14 April 2021 at 17:47 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 403 518 km

Moon is 403 518 km (250 734 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 379 km (222 065 mi).

Moon in ascending node

Moon is in ascending node in ♊ Gemini at 05:53 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 12 days to meet descending node on 29 April 2021 at 09:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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New draconic month

At 05:53 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.


Moon before northern standstill

12 days after previous South standstill on 4 April 2021 at 02:08 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.412°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.532° in the next northern standstill on 18 April 2021 at 16:02 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 10 days

After 10 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31 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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