Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 12 April 2023 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 21 days old Moon is in Capricorn.

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

Waning Gibbous 60% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 60% and getting smaller. The 21 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 6 days 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 in ♑ Capricorn

Moon is passing about ∠11° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1959"

Lunar disc appears visually 2.3% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1959" and ∠1914".

Pink Moon before 6 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 23 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 21 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 before apogee

12 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 3 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 365 869 km

The Moon is 365 869 km (227 340 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 3 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 967 km (228 644 mi).

Moon after descending node

4 days after descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 7 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

19 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 at southern standstill

At 03:15 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.947°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.957° at the point of next standstill in ♋ Cancer on 25 April 2023 at 05:53.

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Syzygy in 7 days

In 7 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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