Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 17 April 2017 Monday 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 6 days 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 ∠6° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.1% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1780" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 23 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 20 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 402 685 km (250 217 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 359 325 km (223 274 mi).
10 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 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius.
10 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 13:12 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-19.095°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠19.187° in its northern standstill point on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini.
After 9 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.