Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 26 April 2024 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 23 April 2024 at 23:49.
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 is passing about ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1838" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2024 after 27 days on 23 May 2024 at 13:53.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 300 of Meeus index or 1253 from Brown series.
Length of current 300 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 next lunation 301 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 43 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 26 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠17.2°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠36°. 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°).
6 days after point of apogee on 20 April 2024 at 02:09 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 5 May 2024 at 22:11 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 389 939 km (242 297 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 9 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 363 166 km (225 661 mi).
4 days after its descending node on 22 April 2024 at 10:45 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 5 May 2024 at 21:54 in ♈ Aries.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 13 April 2024 at 22:36 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.552°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.509° in the next southern standstill on 28 April 2024 at 14:28 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 8 May 2024 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.