Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 April 2017 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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Lunar calendar 2017 | April 2017

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 59% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 59% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

7 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 7 days on 11 April 2017 at 06:08.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠18° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1792"

Lunar disc appears visually 6.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1792" and ∠1910".

Pink Moon before 7 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2017 after 22 days on 10 May 2017 at 21:43.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 19 April 2017 at 09:57
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 26 April 2017 at 12:16
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 3 May 2017 at 02:47
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 10 May 2017 at 21:43

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 213 / 1166

The Moon is 21 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.

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Synodic month length 29.39 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 19 minutes. It is 1 hour and 51 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 25 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 44 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠321.4°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠321.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠340.4°.

Moon after apogee

3 days after point of apogee on 15 April 2017 at 10:05 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 27 April 2017 at 16:18 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 399 945 km

The Moon is 399 945 km (248 514 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 359 325 km (223 274 mi).

Moon before descending node

11 days after ascending node on 7 April 2017 at 09:14 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 21 April 2017 at 22:30 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after southern standstill

1 day since the previous standstill on 17 April 2017 at 13:12 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-19.095°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠19.187° at the point of next northern standstill on 30 April 2017 at 13:33 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 8 days

In 8 days on 26 April 2017 at 12:16 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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