Waning Crescent on

Moon phase on 16 April 2026 Thursday is Waning Crescent, 28 days old Moon is in Aries.

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Lunar calendar 2026 | April 2026

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

Waning Crescent 1% illuminated

Waning Crescent is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 1% and getting smaller. The 28 days old Moon is in ♈ Aries.

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Moon phase and lunation details

6 days after Last Quarter

Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 6 days on 10 April 2026 at 04:52.

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 ♈ Aries

Moon is passing about ∠13° of ♈ Aries tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1922"

Lunar disc appears visually 0.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1922" and ∠1912".

Flower Moon after 15 days

Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2026 after 15 days on 1 May 2026 at 17:23.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • New Moon in Aries ♈ on 17 April 2026 at 11:52
  • First Quarter in Leo ♌ on 24 April 2026 at 02:32
  • Full Moon in Scorpio ♏ on 1 May 2026 at 17:23
  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 9 May 2026 at 21:10

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 324 / 1277

The Moon is 28 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final part of current synodic month. This is lunation 324 of Meeus index or 1277 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.44 days

The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 28 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).

Lunation length shorter than mean

The length of the current synodic month is 2 hours and 16 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 53 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠307.9°

At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠307.9°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠330.4°.

Moon before apogee

9 days after point of apogee on 7 April 2026 at 08:32 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 2 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 19 April 2026 at 06:57 in ♉ Taurus.

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Distance to Moon 372 966 km

The Moon is 372 966 km (231 750 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 2 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 361 631 km (224 707 mi).

Moon after ascending node

2 days after ascending node on 13 April 2026 at 23:43 in ♓ Pisces. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 26 April 2026 at 14:36 in ♍ Virgo.

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Draconic month

2 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.

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Moon before northern standstill

8 days since the previous standstill on 8 April 2026 at 05:01 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-28.291°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 4 days to face maximum declination of ∠28.210° at the point of next northern standstill on 21 April 2026 at 11:12 in ♊ Gemini.

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Syzygy in 1 day

In 1 day on 17 April 2026 at 11:52 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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