Friday April 17th at 13:06 UT, (8:13 am CDT), our Moon will be crossing the plane of the ecliptic moving south. This is known as the descending node, one of two intersections the Moon’s orbital path (dark green line) has with the ecliptic.
The Moon reaches new phase more than 24 hours after it makes the node crossing. Had this been closer to the time of the node crossing we could have had an lunar eclipse. This was the situation last month for the total lunar eclipse.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.