Gibbous ♒ Aquarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 87% and getting smaller. The 18 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 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 ∠21° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1787" and ∠1892".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2010 after 25 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 18 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.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 10 minutes. It is 1 hour and 44 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 2 hours and 34 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 35 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠282.4°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠311.3°.
11 days after point of perigee on 20 May 2010 at 08:38 in ♌ Leo. 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 3 June 2010 at 16:50 in ♒ Aquarius.
The Moon is 400 993 km (249 165 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 3 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 404 266 km (251 199 mi).
1 day after ascending node on 30 May 2010 at 18:07 in ♑ Capricorn. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 13 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 13 June 2010 at 21:54 in ♋ Cancer.
1 day since the beginning of current draconic month in ♑ Capricorn, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
2 days since the previous standstill on 28 May 2010 at 22:09 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-25.029°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 11 days to face maximum declination of ∠25.030° at the point of next northern standstill on 12 June 2010 at 07:06 in ♊ Gemini.
In 11 days on 12 June 2010 at 11:15 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.