Crescent ♉ Taurus
Previous main lunar phase is the Last Quarter before 5 days on 24 May 2011 at 18:52.
Moon rises after midnight to early morning and sets in the afternoon. It is visible in the early morning low to the east.
Moon is passing about ∠12° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.9% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1785" and ∠1893".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2011 after 16 days on 15 June 2011 at 20:13.
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 27 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the second to the final 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 apogee on 27 May 2011 at 09:58 in ♈ Aries. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 12 June 2011 at 01:42 in ♏ Scorpio.
The Moon is 401 543 km (249 507 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 12 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 367 188 km (228 160 mi).
11 days after ascending node on 19 May 2011 at 09:03 in ♐ Sagittarius. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 3 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 2 June 2011 at 20:21 in ♊ Gemini.
11 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♐ Sagittarius, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
11 days since the previous standstill on 18 May 2011 at 23:26 in ♐ Sagittarius when the Moon has reached South declination of ∠-23.403°, the lunar orbit is extending northward over the next 2 days to face maximum declination of ∠23.393° at the point of next northern standstill on 2 June 2011 at 09:54 in ♊ Gemini.
In 2 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.