Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 2 days on 5 May 2006 at 05:13.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.3% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2006 after 5 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.
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 from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 78 of Meeus index or 1031 from Brown series.
Length of current 78 lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 42 minutes. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 79 length.
Length of current synodic month is 3 hours and 2 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 7 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠38.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠64.2°. 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 06:47, this is 11 days after last perigee on 25 April 2006 at 10:38 in ♈ Aries. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 22 May 2006 at 15:29 in ♓ Pisces.
This apogee Moon is 404 572 km (251 389 mi) away from Earth. It is 836 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 2 137 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
11 days after its ascending node on 25 April 2006 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries, 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 9 May 2006 at 08:29 in ♎ Libra.
11 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
5 days after previous North standstill on 1 May 2006 at 16:26 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.616°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-28.539° in the next southern standstill on 16 May 2006 at 03:52 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 5 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.