Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 7 April 2023 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.

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

Waning Gibbous 98% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 98% 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 6 April 2023 at 04:35.

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 is entering ♏ Scorpio

Moon is passing first ∠3° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1857"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1857" and ∠1917".

Pink Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 28 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Capricorn ♑ on 13 April 2023 at 09:11
  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 20 April 2023 at 04:12
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 27 April 2023 at 21:20
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 5 May 2023 at 17:34

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 287 / 1240

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 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.45 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 52 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 shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 4 hours and 14 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠34.1°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠34.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠59.2°.

Moon after apogee

7 days after point of apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces.

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Distance to Moon 386 087 km

The Moon is 386 087 km (239 903 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 967 km (228 644 mi).

Moon in descending node

Moon is in descending node in ♎ Libra at 13:51 crossing the ecliptic from North to South to meet ascending node 12 days later on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

14 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

9 days since the previous standstill on 28 March 2023 at 21:29 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.898°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠-27.947° at the point of next southern standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

In 12 days on 20 April 2023 at 04:12 in ♈ Aries 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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