Waxing Gibbous on

Moon phase on 18 April 2024 Thursday is Waxing Gibbous, 10 days young Moon is in Leo.

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Lunar calendar 2024 | April 2024

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

Waxing Gibbous 75% illuminated

Waxing Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 75% and growing larger. The 10 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.

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Moon phase and lunation details

2 days after First Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 15 April 2024 at 19:13.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.

Moon in ♌ Leo

Moon is leaving the last ∠1° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♍ Virgo later.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1776"

Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1776" and ∠1910".

Pink Moon after 5 days

Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2024 after 5 days on 23 April 2024 at 23:49.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Full Moon in Libra ♎ on 23 April 2024 at 23:49
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 1 May 2024 at 11:27
  • New Moon in Taurus ♉ on 8 May 2024 at 03:22
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 15 May 2024 at 11:48

Neap tide

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.

Lunation 300 / 1253

The Moon is 10 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 300 of Meeus index or 1253 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.38 days

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°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

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.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠17.2°

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°.

Moon before perigee

10 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 day, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 20 April 2024 at 02:09 in ♍ Virgo.

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Distance to Moon 403 662 km

The Moon is 403 662 km (250 824 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next day until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 625 km (252 044 mi).

Moon before descending node

9 days after ascending node on 8 April 2024 at 12:20 in ♈ Aries. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 22 April 2024 at 10:45 in ♎ Libra.

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Draconic month

9 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon after northern standstill

4 days since the previous standstill on 13 April 2024 at 22:36 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.552°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 10 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.509° at the point of next southern standstill on 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Syzygy in 5 days

In 5 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.

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