Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 30 April 2010 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 28 April 2010 at 12:18.
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 ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1851" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2010 after 27 days on 27 May 2010 at 23:07.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 24 April 2010 at 20:59 in ♍ Virgo. 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 6 May 2010 at 21:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 387 231 km (240 614 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 231 km (251 177 mi).
9 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 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 3 May 2010 at 12:35 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 18 April 2010 at 17:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.182°. Next day 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 13 days on 14 May 2010 at 01:04 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.