Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 April 2026 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | April 2026

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

Waxing Crescent 1% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 17 April 2026 at 11:52.

Moonrise and moonset

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

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1958"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1958" and ∠1911".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 13 days on 1 May 2026 at 17:23.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 24 April 2026 at 02:32
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 1 May 2026 at 17:23
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 9 May 2026 at 21:10
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 16 May 2026 at 20:01

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 325 / 1278

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 325 of Meeus index or 1278 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.34 days

Length of current 325 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes. It is 1 hour and 16 minutes longer than next lunation 326 length.

Lunation length shorter than mean

Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 35 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 34 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠330.4°

This lunation true anomaly is ∠330.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠347.5°. 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 perigee

11 days after point of apogee on 7 April 2026 at 08:32 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 2026 at 06:57 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 366 063 km

Moon is 366 063 km (227 461 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 631 km (224 707 mi).

Moon after ascending node

4 days after its ascending node on 13 April 2026 at 23:43 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 26 April 2026 at 14:36 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

10 days after previous South standstill on 8 April 2026 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-28.291°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠28.210° in the next northern standstill on 21 April 2026 at 11:12 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 1 May 2026 at 17:23 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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