Crescent ♓ Pisces
Moon phase on 16 April 2023 Sunday is Waning Crescent, 25 days old Moon is in Pisces.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 3 days on 13 April 2023 at 09:11.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠8° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1962" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 19 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.
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 25 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 287 of Meeus index or 1240 from Brown series.
Length of current 287 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 49 minutes. It is 52 minutes shorter than next lunation 288 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 55 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 14 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠34.1°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠59.2°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 02:22, this is 15 days after last apogee on 31 March 2023 at 11:18 in ♌ Leo. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo.
This perigee Moon is 367 967 km (228 644 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 459 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 2 389 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days after its descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 20 April 2023 at 11:32 in ♉ Taurus.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
4 days after previous South standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.947°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.957° in the next northern standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 in ♋ Cancer.
After 3 days on 20 April 2023 at 04:12 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.