Waning Gibbous on

Moon phase on 17 May 2022 Tuesday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.

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Waning Gibbous phase
Waning Gibbous phase
Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.

Waning Gibbous 97% illuminated

Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 97% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.

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Moon phase and lunation details

1 day after Full Moon

Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 16 May 2022 at 04:14.

Moonrise and moonset

Moon rises in the evening and sets in the morning. It is visible to the southwest and it is high in the sky after midnight.

Moon in ♐ Sagittarius

Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.

Apparent angular diameter ∠1967"

Lunar disc appears visually 3.6% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1967" and ∠1897".

Flower Moon before 1 day

Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2022 after 27 days on 14 June 2022 at 11:52.

Upcoming main Moon phases

  • Last Quarter in Aquarius ♒ on 22 May 2022 at 18:43
  • New Moon in Gemini ♊ on 30 May 2022 at 11:30
  • First Quarter in Virgo ♍ on 7 June 2022 at 14:48
  • Full Moon in Sagittarius ♐ on 14 June 2022 at 11:52

Moderate tide

There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.

Lunation 276 / 1229

The Moon is 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 276 of Meeus index or 1229 from Brown series.

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Synodic month length 29.63 days

Length of current 276 lunation is 29 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes. It is 20 minutes shorter than next lunation 277 length.

Lunation length longer than mean

Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 18 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours and 45 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.

Lunar orbit position on

True anomaly ∠126°

This New Moon true anomaly is ∠126°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠155.2°. 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 in perigee

Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 15:23, this is 12 days after last apogee on 5 May 2022 at 12:46 in ♋ Cancer. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 15 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 2 June 2022 at 01:14 in ♋ Cancer.

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Distance to Moon 360 298 km

This perigee Moon is 360 298 km (223 879 mi) away from Earth. It is 2 210 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 10 058 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.

Moon after descending node

1 day after its descending node on 15 May 2022 at 23:44 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 11 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 29 May 2022 at 02:33 in ♉ Taurus.

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Draconic month

15 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.

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Moon before southern standstill

11 days after previous North standstill on 5 May 2022 at 15:55 in ♋ Cancer, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠26.967°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-26.964° in the next southern standstill on 19 May 2022 at 01:21 in ♑ Capricorn.

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Syzygy in 12 days

After 12 days on 30 May 2022 at 11:30 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.

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