Crescent ♈ Aries
Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 21 April 2006 at 03:28.
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 first ∠4° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1965" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2006 after 17 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.
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.
The Moon is 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 77 of Meeus index or 1030 from Brown series.
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°).
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.
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 is at perigee at 10:38. It is 15 days after previous apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is going to widen while the Moon is moving away from the Earth over the next 11 days, until point of next apogee on 7 May 2006 at 06:47 in ♍ Virgo.
This perigee Moon is 363 737 km (226 016 mi) away from Earth. It is 1 229 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 6 619 km further than the closest perigee of 21st century.
Moon is in ascending node in ♈ Aries at 12:59 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 9 May 2006 at 08:29 in ♎ Libra.
At 12:59 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
6 days since the previous standstill on 18 April 2006 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.668°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 6 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.616° at the point of next northern standstill on 1 May 2006 at 16:26 in ♊ Gemini.
In 2 days on 27 April 2006 at 19:44 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.