Crescent ♉ Taurus
Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset. It's part facing the Earth is completely in shadow.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc is not visible from Earth. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1970" and ∠1901".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 15 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 19:29 on this date the Moon completes the old and enters a new synodic month with lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes is the length of new lunation 202. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 203 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.6°. 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 04:14, this is 14 days after last apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 12 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.
This perigee Moon is 357 828 km (222 344 mi) away from Earth. It is 4 680 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 12 528 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
3 days after its descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo.
17 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous South standstill on 27 April 2016 at 04:44 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-18.382°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠18.447° in the next northern standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.