Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 9 April 2031 Wednesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Scorpio.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 7 April 2031 at 17:21.
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 ∠13° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.8% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1931" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2031 after 27 days on 7 May 2031 at 03:40.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 386 of Meeus index or 1339 from Brown series.
Length of current 386 lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 8 minutes. It is 1 hour and 12 minutes shorter than next lunation 387 length.
Length of current synodic month is 24 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 6 hours and 39 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠70.3°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠106.4°. 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°).
9 days after point of apogee on 30 March 2031 at 15:24 in ♊ Gemini. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 2 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 11 April 2031 at 19:13 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 371 213 km (230 661 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 2 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 996 km (228 662 mi).
12 days after its descending node on 27 March 2031 at 14:22 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 10 April 2031 at 14:56 in ♏ Scorpio.
26 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
11 days after previous North standstill on 29 March 2031 at 04:58 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠21.242°. Next 2 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-21.160° in the next southern standstill on 12 April 2031 at 00:31 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 12 days on 21 April 2031 at 16:57 in ♈ Aries, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.