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Moon phase on 9 April 2022 Saturday is First Quarter, 7 days young Moon is in Cancer.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 52% and growing larger. The 7 days young Moon is in ♋ Cancer.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 April 2022 at 06:47 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♋ Cancer tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2022 after 7 days on 16 April 2022 at 18:55.
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 7 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 275 of Meeus index or 1228 from Brown series.
Length of current 275 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 276 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 43 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠89.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠126°. 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°).
1 day after point of apogee on 7 April 2022 at 19:11 in ♊ Gemini. 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 19 April 2022 at 15:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 403 781 km (250 898 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 10 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 143 km (226 889 mi).
4 days after its ascending node on 4 April 2022 at 13:05 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 April 2022 at 14:01 in ♏ Scorpio.
4 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
1 day after previous North standstill on 8 April 2022 at 08:15 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.880°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.937° in the next southern standstill on 21 April 2022 at 17:41 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 7 days on 16 April 2022 at 18:55 in ♎ Libra, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.