Gibbous ♏ Scorpio
Moon phase on 15 May 2011 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 12 days young Moon is in Libra.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 4 days on 10 May 2011 at 20:33.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.5% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1966" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2011 after 1 day on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.
There is low ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at big angle, so their combined tidal force is weak.
The Moon is 12 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 140 of Meeus index or 1093 from Brown series.
Length of current 140 lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 minutes longer than next lunation 141 length.
Length of current synodic month is 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 35 minutes shorter, compared to 21st century longest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠216.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠248.4°. 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°).
Moon is reaching point of perigee on this date at 11:18, this is 15 days after last apogee on 29 April 2011 at 18:02 in ♓ Pisces. Lunar orbit is starting to get wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth for 11 days ahead, until it will get to the point of next apogee on 27 May 2011 at 09:58 in ♈ Aries.
This perigee Moon is 362 133 km (225 019 mi) away from Earth. It is 375 km closer than the mean perigee distance, but it is still 8 223 km farther than the closest perigee of 21st century.
8 days after its descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next 3 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 19 May 2011 at 09:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
23 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
9 days after previous North standstill on 6 May 2011 at 03:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠23.421°. Next 3 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-23.403° in the next southern standstill on 18 May 2011 at 23:26 in ♐ Sagittarius.
After 1 day on 17 May 2011 at 11:09 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.