Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 23 April 2031 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 2 days young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2031 | April 2031

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

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 2 days 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 21 April 2031 at 16:57.

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 ∠24° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1796"

Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1908".

Flower Moon after 13 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2031 after 13 days on 7 May 2031 at 03:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 29 April 2031 at 19:19
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 7 May 2031 at 03:40
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 13 May 2031 at 19:07
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 21 May 2031 at 07:17

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 387 / 1340

The Moon is 2 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 387 of Meeus index or 1340 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.6 days

Length of current 387 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 20 minutes. It is 47 minutes shorter than next lunation 388 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 36 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 27 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠106.4°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠106.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠139.8°. 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 apogee

11 days after point of perigee on 11 April 2031 at 19:13 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 27 April 2031 at 10:30 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 399 023 km

Moon is 399 023 km (247 941 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 758 km (251 505 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♉ Taurus at 20:23 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet ascending node on 7 May 2031 at 22:55 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Draconic month

12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is moving from the middle to the last part of it.

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Moon before northern standstill

11 days after previous South standstill on 12 April 2031 at 00:31 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-21.160°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠21.107° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2031 at 12:37 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 13 days

After 13 days on 7 May 2031 at 03:40 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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