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The waxing moon.

At 09:10:02 UT Friday 16 April 2021
the moon’s phase is

WAXING CRESCENT (15.63% full)


Some factors that go into this equation:

Universal Time is 9.18388888888889 in decimal hours.
The Julian date is 2459320.65629096.
The sun’s ecliptic longitude is 26.617595422366 degrees.
Its mean anomaly is 101.9756869676 degrees.
The moon’s mean longitude on 00 January 1990 was 318.351648 degrees.

These calculations incorporate the switch to the English New Style (N.S.)—i.e., Gregorian— calendar after Wednesday, 02 September 1752; the next day became Thursday, 14 September, skipping eleven days. (Please also note that, while fairly accurate, these calculations remain a bit buggy.)

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