Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 16 April 2008 Wednesday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 3 days on 12 April 2008 at 18:32.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1849" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2008 after 3 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 102 of Meeus index or 1055 from Brown series.
Length of current 102 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 23 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 minutes longer than next lunation 103 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 21 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 48 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠332.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠349.4°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2008 at 19:28 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 6 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 387 608 km (240 848 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 945 km (252 243 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 15 April 2008 at 05:48 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 10 April 2008 at 17:42 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.812°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.695° in the next southern standstill on 24 April 2008 at 22:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 3 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.