Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 30 May 2010 Sunday is Waning Gibbous, 17 days old Moon is in Capricorn.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 27 May 2010 at 23:07.
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 ∠9° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1802" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2010 after 26 days on 26 June 2010 at 11:30.
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 128 of Meeus index or 1081 from Brown series.
Length of current 128 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes. It is 1 hour and 44 minutes longer than next lunation 129 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 3 hours and 35 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠311.3°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
10 days after point of perigee on 20 May 2010 at 08:38 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 4 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 3 June 2010 at 16:50 in ♒ Aquarius.
Moon is 397 729 km (247 137 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 4 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 404 266 km (251 199 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♑ Capricorn at 18:07 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 13 June 2010 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer.
At 18:07 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
1 day after previous South standstill on 28 May 2010 at 22:09 in ♐ Sagittarius, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-25.029°. Next 12 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠25.030° in the next northern standstill on 12 June 2010 at 07:06 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 12 June 2010 at 11:15 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.