Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 17 April 2010 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days on 14 April 2010 at 12:29.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1888" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2010 after 11 days on 28 April 2010 at 12:18.
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 3 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 127 of Meeus index or 1080 from Brown series.
Length of current 127 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 35 minutes. It is 2 hours and 25 minutes longer than next lunation 128 length.
Length of current synodic month is 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠247.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠282.4°. 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 apogee on 9 April 2010 at 02:45 in ♒ Aquarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 7 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 24 April 2010 at 20:59 in ♍ Virgo.
Moon is 379 549 km (235 841 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 7 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 142 km (228 131 mi).
11 days after its ascending node on 6 April 2010 at 09:45 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 20 April 2010 at 13:38 in ♋ Cancer.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 4 April 2010 at 05:23 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.311°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.182° in the next northern standstill on 18 April 2010 at 17:15 in ♊ Gemini.
After 11 days on 28 April 2010 at 12:18 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.