Quarter ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 23 April 2011 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 20 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 18 April 2011 at 02:44.
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 ∠14° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1853" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 23 days on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.
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 20 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 139 of Meeus index or 1092 from Brown series.
Length of current 139 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes. It is 2 hours and 6 minutes longer than next lunation 140 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 34 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 29 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠190.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠216.7°. 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 17 April 2011 at 05:59 in ♎ Libra. 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 29 April 2011 at 18:02 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 386 875 km (240 393 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 043 km (252 303 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 22 April 2011 at 01:05 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 13 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous South standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.498°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.421° in the next northern standstill on 6 May 2011 at 03:54 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 days on 3 May 2011 at 06:51 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.