Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 20 April 2019 Saturday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 19 April 2019 at 11:12.
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 about ∠14° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1898" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2019 after 28 days on 18 May 2019 at 21:11.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 238 of Meeus index or 1191 from Brown series.
Length of current 238 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 55 minutes. It is 2 hours and 39 minutes longer than next lunation 239 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 11 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 52 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠228.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠263°. 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°).
3 days after point of perigee on 16 April 2019 at 22:02 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 April 2019 at 18:20 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 377 665 km (234 670 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 577 km (251 392 mi).
7 days after its ascending node on 12 April 2019 at 18:08 in ♋ Cancer, 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 25 April 2019 at 15:02 in ♑ Capricorn.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♋ Cancer, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 11 April 2019 at 23:59 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠22.016°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-22.125° in the next southern standstill on 24 April 2019 at 21:22 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 14 days on 4 May 2019 at 22:45 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.