Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 99% and getting smaller. The 16 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 17 May 2011 at 11:09.
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 ∠11° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 1% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1915" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2011 after 28 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13.
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 16 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 140 of Meeus index or 1093 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 14 hours and 12 minutes. It is 2 hours and 21 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 1 hour and 28 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 5 hours and 35 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠216.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠248.4°.
3 days after point of perigee on 15 May 2011 at 11:18 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting widen, while the Moon is moving away from the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 27 May 2011 at 09:58 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 374 275 km (232 564 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 8 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 405 006 km (251 659 mi).
11 days after descending node on 6 May 2011 at 14:54 in ♊ Gemini. The Moon is located south of the ecliptic over the following day, until the lunar orbit crosses from South to North in ascending node on 19 May 2011 at 09:03 in ♐ Sagittarius.
26 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the second to the final part of the cycle.
At 23:26 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-23.403°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠23.393° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 2 June 2011 at 09:54.
In 14 days on 1 June 2011 at 21:03 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.