Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 April 2048 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Gemini.

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Lunar calendar 2048 | April 2048

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

Waxing Crescent 24% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 24% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.

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Moon phase and lunation details

5 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 13 April 2048 at 05:20.

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 leaving the last ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1772"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1910".

Pink Moon after 9 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2048 after 9 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 21 April 2048 at 10:02
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 28 April 2048 at 11:13
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 5 May 2048 at 02:22
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 12 May 2048 at 20:58

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 597 / 1550

The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 597 of Meeus index or 1550 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.65 days

Length of current 597 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 38 minutes. It is 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 598 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠135.6°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠163°. 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 17 April 2048 at 07:22 in ♊ Gemini. 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 29 April 2048 at 14:29 in ♏ Scorpio.

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Distance to Moon 404 414 km

Moon is 404 414 km (251 291 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 129 km (223 152 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♊ Gemini at 16:39 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 2048 at 18:46 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon after northern standstill

1 day after previous North standstill on 17 April 2048 at 19:00 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.861°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.803° in the next southern standstill on 1 May 2048 at 02:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 9 days

After 9 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13 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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