Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 3 April 2010 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 30 March 2010 at 02:25.
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 ∠10° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1837" and ∠1919".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2010 after 25 days on 28 April 2010 at 12:18.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 126 of Meeus index or 1079 from Brown series.
Length of current 126 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 53 minutes longer than next lunation 127 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 19 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠215.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠247.4°. 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°).
6 days after point of perigee on 28 March 2010 at 04:56 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 9 April 2010 at 02:45 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 390 171 km (242 441 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 999 km (251 655 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 24 March 2010 at 13:05 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 2 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 6 April 2010 at 09:45 in ♑ Capricorn.
24 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 22 March 2010 at 12:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.420°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.311° in the next southern standstill on 4 April 2010 at 05:23 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 14 April 2010 at 12:29 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.