Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 81% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 3 days on 6 April 2012 at 19:19.
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 ∠13° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2.4% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1960" and ∠1915".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2012 after 25 days on 6 May 2012 at 03:35.
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 19 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 151 of Meeus index or 1104 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 16 hours and 41 minutes. This is the year's longest synodic month of 2012. It is 12 minutes longer than the next lunation's length. The lengths of the following synodic months are going to increasing with the true anomaly getting closer to the value it has at the point of New Moon at apogee (∠180°).
The length of the current synodic month is 3 hours and 57 minutes longer than the mean synodic month length. It is 3 hours and 6 minutes shorter compared to 21st century's longest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠142.2°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠168.7°.
2 days after point of perigee on 7 April 2012 at 16:59 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 12 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next apogee on 22 April 2012 at 13:49 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 365 637 km (227 196 mi) away from Earth and getting further over the next 12 days until the point apogee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 406 422 km (252 539 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♐ Sagittarius at 00:47 crossing the ecliptic from South to North to meet descending node 13 days later on 24 April 2012 at 03:44 in ♊ Gemini.
At 00:47 the Moon completes the previous draconic month and enters the new one.
At 21:03 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-21.814°. Over the next 14 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠21.738° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 25 April 2012 at 05:37.
In 10 days on 21 April 2012 at 07:18 in ♉ Taurus 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.