Gibbous ♎ Libra
Moon phase on 18 April 2016 Monday is Waxing Gibbous, 11 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 14 April 2016 at 03:59.
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 ∠18° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2016 after 3 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 11 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle 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°).
10 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 400 666 km (248 962 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 352 km (252 495 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 18:04 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.
At 18:04 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
5 days after previous North standstill on 12 April 2016 at 12:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.288°. Next 8 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 3 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.