Crescent ♊ Gemini
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♊ Gemini tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1973" and ∠1891".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2008 after 15 days on 18 June 2008 at 17:30.
There is high New Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.
At 19:23 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 104 of Meeus index or 1057 from Brown series.
29 days, 6 hours and 56 minutes is the length of new lunation 104. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2008. It is 58 minutes shorter than next lunation 105 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 48 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 21 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠4.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠20.1°. 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 perigee on this date at 13:08, this is 13 days after last apogee on 20 May 2008 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 13 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 16 June 2008 at 17:33 in ♏ Scorpio.
This perigee Moon is 357 251 km (221 985 mi) away from Earth. It is 5 257 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 13 105 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
7 days after its ascending node on 26 May 2008 at 21:45 in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 4 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 8 June 2008 at 09:15 in ♌ Leo.
7 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous South standstill on 22 May 2008 at 04:00 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-27.542°. Next day the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠27.527° in the next northern standstill on 4 June 2008 at 11:38 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.