Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 75% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 4 days on 28 April 2010 at 12:18.
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 ∠13° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 6% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1793" and ∠1903".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2010 after 24 days on 27 May 2010 at 23:07.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 127 of Meeus index or 1080 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 35 minutes. It is 2 hours and 25 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 9 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 6 hours longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠247.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠282.4°.
8 days after point of perigee on 24 April 2010 at 20:59 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 3 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 6 May 2010 at 21:53 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 399 762 km (248 401 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 231 km (251 177 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 12:35 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 14 days later on 17 May 2010 at 15:39 in ♋ Cancer.
At 12:35 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
1 day since the previous standstill on 1 May 2010 at 14:01 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.109°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 12 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.049° at the point of next northern standstill on 15 May 2010 at 23:07 in ♊ Gemini.
In 10 days on 14 May 2010 at 01:04 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.