Crescent ♒ Aquarius
Moon phase on 17 April 2001 Tuesday is Waning Crescent, 23 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 1 day on 15 April 2001 at 15:31.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♒ Aquarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2001 after 20 days on 7 May 2001 at 13:53.
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.
The Moon is 23 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 15 of Meeus index or 968 from Brown series.
Length of current 15 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 5 minutes. It is 2 hours and 45 minutes longer than next lunation 16 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 21 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 42 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠232.3°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠267.3°. 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 is reaching point of apogee on this date at 06:06, this is 11 days after last perigee on 5 April 2001 at 10:04 in ♍ Virgo. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 2 May 2001 at 03:37 in ♍ Virgo.
This apogee Moon is 404 501 km (251 345 mi) away from Earth. It is 907 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 208 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 14 April 2001 at 06:52 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 28 April 2001 at 09:43 in ♋ Cancer.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 14 April 2001 at 11:36 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.123°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.248° in the next northern standstill on 28 April 2001 at 16:18 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 23 April 2001 at 15:26 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.