Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 9 April 2020 Thursday 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 8 April 2020 at 02:35.
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 ∠10° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2020 after 27 days on 7 May 2020 at 10:45.
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 250 of Meeus index or 1203 from Brown series.
Length of current 250 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 58 minutes. It is 1 hour and 45 minutes longer than next lunation 251 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 49 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠177.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠201.8°. 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°).
1 day after point of perigee on 7 April 2020 at 18:08 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 April 2020 at 19:01 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 365 955 km (227 394 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 463 km (252 564 mi).
8 days after its ascending node on 31 March 2020 at 16:51 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 13 April 2020 at 02:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
8 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
8 days after previous North standstill on 1 April 2020 at 09:12 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.702°. Next 4 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.805° in the next southern standstill on 13 April 2020 at 21:03 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 13 days on 23 April 2020 at 02:26 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.