Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 30 April 2021 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 27 April 2021 at 03:31.
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.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1954" and ∠1904".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2021 after 25 days on 26 May 2021 at 11:14.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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 perigee on 27 April 2021 at 15:24 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 11 May 2021 at 21:54 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 366 765 km (227 897 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 11 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 512 km (252 595 mi).
1 day after its descending node on 29 April 2021 at 09:18 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 12 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 13 May 2021 at 10:29 in ♊ Gemini.
14 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 18 April 2021 at 16:02 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠25.532°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-25.591° in the next southern standstill on 1 May 2021 at 09:37 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 11 days on 11 May 2021 at 19:00 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.