Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 17 April 2020 Friday is Waning Crescent, 24 days old Moon is in Aquarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 2 days on 14 April 2020 at 22:56.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1794" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2020 after 19 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 24 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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°).
9 days 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 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 20 April 2020 at 19:01 in ♓ Pisces.
Moon is 399 538 km (248 261 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 463 km (252 564 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 13 April 2020 at 02:58 in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 10 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 27 April 2020 at 17:54 in ♊ Gemini.
16 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous South standstill on 13 April 2020 at 21:03 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-23.805°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠23.935° in the next northern standstill on 28 April 2020 at 15:23 in ♋ Cancer.
After 5 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.