Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 18 April 2022 Monday 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 16 April 2022 at 18:55.
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 ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2022 after 27 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last 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°).
10 days 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 day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 19 April 2022 at 15:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 367 727 km (228 495 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 365 143 km (226 889 mi).
Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 14:01 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from North to South. Moon will follow the southern part of its orbit for the next 13 days to meet ascending node on 1 May 2022 at 19:53 in ♉ Taurus.
13 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
10 days after previous North standstill on 8 April 2022 at 08:15 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.880°. Next 3 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 12 days on 30 April 2022 at 20:28 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.