Crescent ♋ Cancer
Moon phase on 17 April 2021 Saturday is Waxing Crescent, 5 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 5 days on 12 April 2021 at 02:31.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2021 after 9 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31.
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.
The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 263 of Meeus index or 1216 from Brown series.
Length of current 263 lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2021. It is 36 minutes longer than next lunation 264 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 45 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 18 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠154.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠178.9°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
2 days after point of apogee on 14 April 2021 at 17:47 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 10 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio.
Moon is 401 152 km (249 264 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 379 km (222 065 mi).
1 day after its ascending node on 16 April 2021 at 05:53 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 29 April 2021 at 09:18 in ♐ Sagittarius.
1 day after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
13 days after previous South standstill on 4 April 2021 at 02:08 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.412°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.532° in the next northern standstill on 18 April 2021 at 16:02 in ♋ Cancer.
After 9 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.