Crescent ♈ Aries
Moon phase on 29 April 2011 Friday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 25 April 2011 at 02:47.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1905".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 17 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 26 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 18:02, this is 12 days after last perigee on 17 April 2011 at 05:59 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 15 May 2011 at 11:18 in ♎ Libra.
This apogee Moon is 406 043 km (252 303 mi) away from Earth. It is 635 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 666 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days 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 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
7 days after previous South standstill on 21 April 2011 at 13:40 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.498°. Next 6 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 3 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.