Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 15 April 2016 Friday is First Quarter, 9 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 63% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 14 April 2016 at 03:59 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1843" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2016 after 6 days on 22 April 2016 at 05:24.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.
Length of current 201 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 202 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 31 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠10.8°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
7 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2016 at 17:36 in ♈ Aries. 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 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 388 956 km (241 686 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 6 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 352 km (252 495 mi).
9 days after its descending node on 5 April 2016 at 17:27 in ♓ Pisces, 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 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 12 April 2016 at 12:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.288°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.382° in the next southern standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 22 April 2016 at 05:24 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.