Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 17 April 2018 Tuesday is Waxing Crescent, 1 day young Moon is in Taurus.

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Lunar calendar 2018 | April 2018

Waxing Crescent phase
Waxing Crescent phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waxing Crescent 3% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 3% and growing larger. The 1 day young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 1 day on 16 April 2018 at 01:57.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.

Moon in ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing about ∠16° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1918"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1918" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon after 12 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 12 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • First Quarter in Cancer ♋ on 22 April 2018 at 21:46
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 30 April 2018 at 00:58
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 8 May 2018 at 02:09
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 15 May 2018 at 11:48

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 226 / 1179

The Moon is 1 day young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 226 of Meeus index or 1179 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.41 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 51 minutes. It is 1 hour and 56 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 2 hours and 53 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 16 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠296.5°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠296.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠321.7°.

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of apogee on 8 April 2018 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 20 April 2018 at 14:44 in ♊ Gemini.

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Distance to Moon 373 738 km

The Moon is 373 738 km (232 230 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 713 km (229 108 mi).

Moon before ascending node

7 days after descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 23 April 2018 at 12:19 in ♌ Leo.

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Draconic month

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

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Moon before northern standstill

9 days since the previous standstill on 7 April 2018 at 14:37 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-20.320°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠20.445° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 April 2018 at 07:38 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 30 April 2018 at 00:58 in ♏ Scorpio the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.

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