Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 April 2022 Monday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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Lunar calendar 2022 | April 2022

Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 96% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 96% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♏ Scorpio.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 April 2022 at 18:55.

Moonrise and moonset

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 in ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing about ∠21° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1949"

Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1949" and ∠1911".

Pink Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2022 after 27 days on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 23 April 2022 at 11:56
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 30 April 2022 at 20:28
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 9 May 2022 at 00:21
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 16 May 2022 at 04:14

Moderate tide

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.

Lunation 275 / 1228

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.

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Synodic month length 29.59 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 4 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).

Lunation length longer than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 20 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 43 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠89.8°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠89.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠126°.

Moon before apogee

10 days after point of apogee on 7 April 2022 at 19:11 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next day, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 April 2022 at 15:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Distance to Moon 367 727 km

The Moon is 367 727 km (228 495 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next day until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 365 143 km (226 889 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♏ Scorpio at 14:01 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 13 days later on 1 May 2022 at 19:53 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

13 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.

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Moon before southern standstill

10 days since the previous standstill on 8 April 2022 at 08:15 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠26.880°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-26.937° at the point of next southern standstill on 21 April 2022 at 17:41 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 30 April 2022 at 20:28 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.

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