Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 24 April 2008 Thursday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠19° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 25 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. 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 6 May 2008 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 404 533 km (251 365 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 772 km (222 309 mi).
9 days 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 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 22:36 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-27.695°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠27.625° in its northern standstill point on 8 May 2008 at 01:51 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 5 May 2008 at 12:18 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.