Waxing Crescent on

Moon phase on 18 April 2018 Wednesday is Waxing Crescent, 3 days 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 7% illuminated

Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 7% and growing larger. The 3 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after New Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 2 days 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 is entering ♉ Taurus

Moon is passing first ∠0° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1938"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1938" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon after 11 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2018 after 11 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

Neap tide

There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.

Lunation 226 / 1179

The Moon is 3 days 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

10 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 2 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 369 794 km

The Moon is 369 794 km (229 779 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 368 713 km (229 108 mi).

Moon before ascending node

8 days after descending node on 10 April 2018 at 08:09 in ♒ Aquarius. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 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

22 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

10 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 2 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 11 days

In 11 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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