Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 86% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 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 ∠19° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1772" and ∠1907".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2008 after 25 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 18 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°.
1 day after point of apogee on 23 April 2008 at 09:34 in ♐ Sagittarius. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 11 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 6 May 2008 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 404 533 km (251 365 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 11 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 772 km (222 309 mi).
9 days after descending node on 15 April 2008 at 05:48 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 29 April 2008 at 20:07 in ♒ Aquarius.
21 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 22:36 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.695°. Over the next 13 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.625° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 8 May 2008 at 01:51.
In 11 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.