Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 April 2022 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2022 | April 2022

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 April 2022 at 18:55.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2022 after 27 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 23 April 2022 at 11:56
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 30 April 2022 at 20:28
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 9 May 2022 at 00:21
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 16 May 2022 at 04:14

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 275 / 1228

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 275 of Meeus index or 1228 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.59 days

Length of current 275 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 276 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 43 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠89.8°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠89.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠126°. 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 before perigee

10 days after point of apogee on 7 April 2022 at 19:11 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 April 2022 at 15:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 367 727 km

Moon is 367 727 km (228 495 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 143 km (226 889 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 14:01 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 1 May 2022 at 19:53 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days after previous North standstill on 8 April 2022 at 08:15 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.880°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.937° in the next southern standstill on 21 April 2022 at 17:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 30 April 2022 at 20:28 in ♉ Taurus, 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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