Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 94% and getting smaller. The 17 days old Moon is in ♐ Sagittarius.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 2 days on 4 May 2015 at 03:42.
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 2.2% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1861" and ∠1902".
Next Full Moon is the Strawberry Moon of June 2015 after 27 days on 2 June 2015 at 16:19.
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 17 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the middle to the last part of current synodic month. This is lunation 189 of Meeus index or 1142 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 9 hours and 16 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2015. It is 36 minutes shorter 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 28 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 2 hours and 41 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠27.1°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠48.8°.
7 days after point of apogee on 29 April 2015 at 03:55 in ♍ Virgo. The lunar orbit is getting narrow, while the Moon is moving towards the Earth. It will keep this direction over the next 8 days, until the Moon reaches the point of next perigee on 15 May 2015 at 00:23 in ♈ Aries.
The Moon is 385 103 km (239 292 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 366 024 km (227 437 mi).
5 days after ascending node on 1 May 2015 at 09:50 in ♎ Libra. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 8 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 14 May 2015 at 20:37 in ♈ Aries.
5 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♎ Libra, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
13 days since the previous standstill on 22 April 2015 at 23:26 in ♊ Gemini when the Moon has reached North declination of ∠18.280°, the lunar orbit is extending southward over the next day to face maximum declination of ∠-18.343° at the point of next southern standstill on 7 May 2015 at 13:39 in ♐ Sagittarius.
In 11 days on 18 May 2015 at 04:13 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.