Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 2 April 2018 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | April 2018

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

Waning Gibbous 95% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.

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 ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠7° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1834"

Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1834" and ∠1919".

Worm Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 27 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 8 April 2018 at 07:18
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 16 April 2018 at 01:57
  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 April 2018 at 21:46
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 30 April 2018 at 00:58

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 225 / 1178

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 225 of Meeus index or 1178 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.53 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 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 longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 7 hours and 1 minute shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠262.6°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠296.5°.

Moon before perigee

6 days after point of perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 5 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Distance to Moon 390 776 km

The Moon is 390 776 km (242 817 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 5 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 145 km (251 124 mi).

Moon after ascending node

6 days after ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius.

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Draconic month

6 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠20.210°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 5 days to face maximum declination of ∠-20.320° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 13 days

In 13 days on 16 April 2018 at 01:57 in ♈ Aries 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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