Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 92% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 20 April 2008 at 10:25.
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 ∠7° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1908".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 26 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 102 of Meeus index or 1055 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 23 minutes. It is 1 hour and 19 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 4 hours and 21 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 48 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠332.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠349.4°.
Moon is at apogee at 09:34. It is 15 days after previous perigee on 7 April 2008 at 19:28 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is going to narrow while the Moon is moving towards the Earth over the next 12 days, until point of next perigee on 6 May 2008 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus.
This apogee Moon is 405 945 km (252 243 mi) away from Earth. It is 537 km further than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 764 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after descending node on 15 April 2008 at 05:48 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 6 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
20 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
12 days since the previous standstill on 10 April 2008 at 17:42 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠27.812°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-27.695° at the point of next southern standstill on 24 April 2008 at 22:36 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 12 days on 5 May 2008 at 12:18 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.