Gibbous ♌ Leo
Moon phase on 20 April 2078 Wednesday is First Quarter, 9 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 64% and growing larger. The 9 days young Moon is in ♌ Leo.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 19 April 2078 at 03:19 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing about ∠17° of ♌ Leo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1839" and ∠1909".
Next Full Moon is the Pink Moon of April 2078 after 6 days on 27 April 2078 at 04:19.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 968 of Meeus index or 1921 from Brown series.
Length of current 968 lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 12 minutes. It is 19 minutes longer than next lunation 969 length.
Length of current synodic month is 4 hours and 32 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 1 hour and 37 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠356.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠11.8°. 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°).
7 days after point of perigee on 12 April 2078 at 14:39 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 5 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 26 April 2078 at 10:18 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 389 702 km (242 150 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 5 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 301 km (252 464 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 14 April 2078 at 03:56 in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 28 April 2078 at 04:45 in ♏ Scorpio.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
2 days after previous North standstill on 17 April 2078 at 12:44 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.069°. Next 11 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.108° in the next southern standstill on 2 May 2078 at 05:32 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 27 April 2078 at 04:19 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.