Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon phase on 17 April 2048 Friday is Waxing Crescent, 4 days young Moon is in Gemini.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the New Moon before 4 days on 13 April 2048 at 05:20.
Moon rises in the morning and sets in the evening. It is visible toward the southwest in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♊ Gemini 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 Pink Moon of April 2048 after 10 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 4 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the beginning to the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 597 of Meeus index or 1550 from Brown series.
Length of current 597 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 38 minutes. It is 14 minutes shorter than next lunation 598 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 9 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠135.6°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠163°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 07:22, this is 15 days after last perigee on 1 April 2048 at 10:10 in ♏ Scorpio. 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 2048 at 14:29 in ♏ Scorpio.
This apogee Moon is 405 534 km (251 987 mi) away from Earth. It is 126 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 1 175 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
12 days after its ascending node on 4 April 2048 at 14:57 in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 18 April 2048 at 16:39 in ♊ Gemini.
12 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 19:00 on this date the Moon is meeting its North standstill point, when it will reach northern declination of ∠23.861°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite southward direction to face South declination of ∠-23.803° in its southern standstill point on 1 May 2048 at 02:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 10 days on 28 April 2048 at 11:13 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.