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 ∠5° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1.2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1916" and ∠1894".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2002.
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 29 of Meeus index or 982 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 13 hours and 1 minute. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to decreasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
The length of the current synodic month is 17 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours and 46 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠233.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠268.1°.
2 days after point of perigee on 23 May 2002 at 15:31 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 4 June 2002 at 12:58 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 374 147 km (232 484 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 9 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 524 km (251 360 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 14 May 2002 at 13:00 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 27 May 2002 at 09:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
10 days since the previous standstill on 16 May 2002 at 07:53 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠25.039°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠-25.056° at the point of next southern standstill on 29 May 2002 at 02:39 in ♑ Capricorn.
The Moon is in a Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and thus forming Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.