Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Moon phase on 16 May 2014 Friday is Waning Gibbous, 16 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 1 day on 14 May 2014 at 19:16.
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 ∠18° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 2% wider than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1936" and ∠1897".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2014 after 27 days on 13 June 2014 at 04:11.
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 177 of Meeus index or 1130 from Brown series.
Length of current 177 lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 26 minutes. It is 1 hour and 2 minutes shorter than next lunation 178 length.
Length of current synodic month is 18 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 5 hours and 51 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠76.9°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠112.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep increasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of apogee (∠180°).
10 days after point of apogee on 6 May 2014 at 10:22 in ♌ Leo. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next day, until it get to the point of next perigee on 18 May 2014 at 11:58 in ♑ Capricorn.
Moon is 370 331 km (230 113 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next day until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 367 099 km (228 105 mi).
3 days after its ascending node on 12 May 2014 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 9 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 25 May 2014 at 17:56 in ♈ Aries.
3 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
At 20:10 on this date the Moon is meeting its South standstill point, when it will reach southern declination of ∠-18.992°. Next 13 days the lunar orbit will move in opposite northward direction to face North declination of ∠19.023° in its northern standstill point on 30 May 2014 at 00:38 in ♊ Gemini.
After 12 days on 28 May 2014 at 18:40 in ♊ Gemini, the Moon will be in New Moon geocentric conjunction with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Moon-Earth syzygy.