Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 18 April 2070 Friday is First Quarter, 8 days young Moon is in Leo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 58% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 17 April 2070 at 17:32 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 0.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1910".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2070 after 6 days on 25 April 2070 at 09:31.
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 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 869 of Meeus index or 1822 from Brown series.
Length of current 869 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 38 minutes. It is 1 hour and 22 minutes longer than next lunation 870 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 6 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 2 hours and 3 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠333.5°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠350.2°. 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°).
5 days after point of perigee on 12 April 2070 at 16:43 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 9 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 28 April 2070 at 06:11 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 374 393 km (232 637 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 9 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 893 km (252 210 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 11 April 2070 at 09:00 in ♈ Aries, 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 2070 at 13:41 in ♎ Libra.
21 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
3 days after previous North standstill on 15 April 2070 at 06:43 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.748°. Next 10 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.761° in the next southern standstill on 29 April 2070 at 10:16 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 6 days on 25 April 2070 at 09:31 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.