Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 12 April 2017 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.
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 ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1781" and ∠1914".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 28 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 213 of Meeus index or 1166 from Brown series.
Length of current 213 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than next lunation 214 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 44 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠340.4°. 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°).
12 days after point of perigee on 30 March 2017 at 12:39 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 402 373 km (250 023 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 2 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 478 km (251 952 mi).
5 days after its ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
5 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 3 April 2017 at 06:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.984°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-19.095° in the next southern standstill on 17 April 2017 at 13:12 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 14 days on 26 April 2017 at 12:16 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.