Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 24 April 2010 Saturday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 21 April 2010 at 18:20.
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 ∠11° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1968" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2010 after 4 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 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 20:59, this is 15 days after last apogee on 9 April 2010 at 02:45 in ♒ Aquarius. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 6 May 2010 at 21:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
This perigee Moon is 367 142 km (228 131 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 634 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 3 214 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 20 April 2010 at 13:38 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 May 2010 at 12:35 in ♑ Capricorn.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 18 April 2010 at 17:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.182°. Next 7 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.109° in the next southern standstill on 1 May 2010 at 14:01 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 4 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.