Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 13 April 2006 at 16:40.
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 is passing about ∠16° of ♏ Scorpio tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1829" and ∠1912".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2006 after 27 days on 13 May 2006 at 06:51.
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.
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 77 of Meeus index or 1030 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 29 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2006. It is 13 minutes shorter than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 15 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 54 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠19°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠38.4°.
5 days after point of apogee on 9 April 2006 at 13:16 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 9 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 25 April 2006 at 10:38 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 391 962 km (243 554 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 9 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 363 737 km (226 016 mi).
3 days after descending node on 12 April 2006 at 02:35 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 10 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 25 April 2006 at 12:59 in ♈ Aries.
17 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♈ Aries, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 4 April 2006 at 07:35 in ♋ Cancer when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠28.715°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next 3 days to face maximum declination of ∠-28.668° at the point of next southern standstill on 18 April 2006 at 22:27 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 27 April 2006 at 19:44 in ♉ Taurus the Moon is going to be in a New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and thus forming the next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy alignment.