Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 16 April 2025 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 18 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 13 April 2025 at 00:22.
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 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1782" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2025 after 26 days on 12 May 2025 at 16:56.
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 18 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 312 of Meeus index or 1265 from Brown series.
Length of current 312 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes longer than next lunation 313 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 11 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 58 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠346.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.3°. 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°).
2 days after point of apogee on 13 April 2025 at 22:48 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 27 April 2025 at 16:15 in ♈ Aries.
Moon is 402 121 km (249 866 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 357 119 km (221 903 mi).
5 days after its descending node on 10 April 2025 at 19:56 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 8 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 25 April 2025 at 02:23 in ♓ Pisces.
18 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 3 April 2025 at 22:15 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.696°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.630° in the next southern standstill on 18 April 2025 at 13:24 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 11 days on 27 April 2025 at 19:31 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.