Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 20 May 2008 Tuesday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
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 first ∠4° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1768" and ∠1896".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2008.
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 103 of Meeus index or 1056 from Brown series.
Length of current 103 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes. It is 8 minutes longer than next lunation 104 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 29 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠4.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of apogee on this date at 14:27, this is 14 days after last perigee on 6 May 2008 at 03:22 in ♉ Taurus. Lunar orbit is starting to get closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth for 14 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2008 at 13:08 in ♊ Gemini.
This apogee Moon is 406 404 km (252 528 mi) away from Earth. It is 996 km farther than the mean apogee distance, but it is still 305 km closer than the farthest apogee of 21st century.
8 days after its descending node on 12 May 2008 at 06:37 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 26 May 2008 at 21:45 in ♒ Aquarius.
20 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♒ Aquarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 8 May 2008 at 01:51 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠27.625°. Next day the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-27.542° in the next southern standstill on 22 May 2008 at 04:00 in ♐ Sagittarius.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.