Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.8% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1892".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2026.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 326 of Meeus index or 1279 from Brown series.
Length of current 326 lunation is 29 days, 6 hours and 53 minutes. It is 4 minutes longer than next lunation 327 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 51 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 18 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠347.5°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠2.5°. 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°).
13 days after point of perigee on 17 May 2026 at 13:48 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next apogee on 1 June 2026 at 04:32 in ♐ Sagittarius.
Moon is 405 342 km (251 868 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next day until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 369 km (252 506 mi).
7 days after its descending node on 23 May 2026 at 15:26 in ♌ Leo, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 6 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 7 June 2026 at 06:19 in ♓ Pisces.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♓ Pisces, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 18 May 2026 at 19:38 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠28.051°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.988° in the next southern standstill on 1 June 2026 at 16:59 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.