Crescent ♋ Cancer
Waxing Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 27% and growing larger. The 5 days young Moon is in ♊ Gemini.
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 8 April 2024 at 18:21.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is leaving the last ∠3° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♋ Cancer later.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1862" and ∠1913".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2024 after 10 days on 23 April 2024 at 23:49.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 5 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 300 of Meeus index or 1253 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 1 minute. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2024. It is 15 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°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 26 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠17.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠36°.
5 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2024 at 17:53 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 6 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 April 2024 at 02:09 in ♍ Virgo.
The Moon is 384 943 km (239 192 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 6 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 625 km (252 044 mi).
4 days after ascending node on 8 April 2024 at 12:20 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 April 2024 at 10:45 in ♎ Libra.
4 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 22:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach North declination of ∠28.552°. Over the next 15 days the lunar orbit is going to extend southward to face maximum declination of ∠-28.509° at the point of next standstill in ♐ Sagittarius on 28 April 2024 at 14:28.
In 10 days on 23 April 2024 at 23:49 in ♎ Libra the Moon is going to be in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.