Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 95% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 20 May 2008 at 02:11.
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 leaving the last ∠2° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector and will enter ♑ Capricorn later.
Lunar disc appears visually 6.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1775" and ∠1895".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2008 after 27 days on 18 June 2008 at 17:30.
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 103 of Meeus index or 1056 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 4 minutes. It is 8 minutes longer 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 5 hours and 40 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 29 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠349.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠4.4°.
1 day after point of apogee on 20 May 2008 at 14:27 in ♏ Scorpio. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 3 June 2008 at 13:08 in ♊ Gemini.
The Moon is 403 737 km (250 871 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 251 km (221 985 mi).
10 days after descending node on 12 May 2008 at 06:37 in ♌ Leo. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following 4 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 26 May 2008 at 21:45 in ♒ Aquarius.
22 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 04:00 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-27.542°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠27.527° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 4 June 2008 at 11:38.
In 12 days on 3 June 2008 at 19:23 in ♊ Gemini 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.