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Moon phase on 6 April 2006 Thursday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Cancer.

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Lunar calendar 2006 | April 2006

First Quarter phase
First Quarter phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

First Quarter 60% illuminated

First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.

* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 5 April 2006 at 12:01 UTC.

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Moon phase and lunation details

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.

Moon in ♋ Cancer

Moon is leaving the last ∠2° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♌ Leo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1792"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1917".

Pink Moon after 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2006 after 7 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 13 April 2006 at 16:40
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 21 April 2006 at 03:28
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 27 April 2006 at 19:44
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 5 May 2006 at 05:13

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 77 / 1030

The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 77 of Meeus index or 1030 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.4 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2006. It is 13 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠19°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠19°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠38.4°.

Moon before perigee

9 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2006 at 07:13 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 399 953 km

The Moon is 399 953 km (248 519 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 551 km (251 998 mi).

Moon before descending node

8 days after ascending node on 29 March 2006 at 03:31 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 12 April 2006 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

2 days since the previous standstill on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.715°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.668° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 April 2006 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 days on 13 April 2006 at 16:40 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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