Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 4 April 2018 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 31 March 2018 at 12:37.
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 first ∠3° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1797" and ∠1918".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 25 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.
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 18 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.
Length of current 225 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 46 minutes. It is 2 hours and 55 minutes longer than next lunation 226 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 7 hours and 1 minute shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠262.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠296.5°. 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°).
8 days after point of perigee on 26 March 2018 at 17:17 in ♋ Cancer. 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 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 398 898 km (247 864 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 145 km (251 124 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 27 March 2018 at 10:56 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 5 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♌ Leo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 25 March 2018 at 02:04 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠20.210°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-20.320° in the next southern standstill on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 16 April 2018 at 01:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.