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Moon phase on 17 April 2023 Monday is Waning Crescent, 26 days old Moon is in Pisces.

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Lunar calendar 2023 | April 2023

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

Waning Crescent 9% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 9% and getting smaller. The 26 days old Moon is in ♓ Pisces.

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Moon phase and lunation details

4 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 4 days on 13 April 2023 at 09:11.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.

Moon in ♓ Pisces

Moon is passing about ∠22° of ♓ Pisces tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1948"

Lunar disc appears visually 1.9% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1948" and ∠1911".

Flower Moon after 18 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2023 after 18 days on 5 May 2023 at 17:34.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • 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
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 12 May 2023 at 14:28

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 26 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.

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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 perigee

1 day after point of perigee on 16 April 2023 at 02:22 in ♓ Pisces. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 10 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 28 April 2023 at 06:43 in ♌ Leo.

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Distance to Moon 367 981 km

The Moon is 367 981 km (228 653 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 10 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 300 km (251 220 mi).

Moon before ascending node

9 days after descending node on 7 April 2023 at 13:51 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 2 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

24 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 after southern standstill

5 days since the previous standstill on 12 April 2023 at 03:15 in ♑ Capricorn when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-27.947°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 7 days to face maximum declination of ∠27.957° at the point of next northern standstill on 25 April 2023 at 05:53 in ♋ Cancer.

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Syzygy in 2 days

In 2 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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