Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 17 April 2044 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 19 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 12 April 2044 at 09:39.
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 ∠25° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1911".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2044 after 24 days on 12 May 2044 at 00:16.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 547 of Meeus index or 1500 from Brown series.
Length of current 547 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes. It is 2 hours and 19 minutes longer than next lunation 548 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 28 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 41 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠304.8°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠328.1°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 20:46, this is 15 days after last perigee on 2 April 2044 at 02:16 in ♊ Gemini. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 29 April 2044 at 18:30 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 404 858 km (251 567 mi) away from Earth. It is 550 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 851 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
7 days after its descending node on 9 April 2044 at 20:15 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 24 April 2044 at 08:06 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
At 18:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-28.526°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠28.450° in its northern standstill point on 1 May 2044 at 05:01 in ♊ Gemini.
After 10 days on 27 April 2044 at 19:42 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.