Gibbous ♑ Capricorn
Waning Gibbous is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 76% and getting smaller. The 19 days old Moon is in ♑ Capricorn.
Previous main lunar phase is the Full Moon before 5 days on 22 April 2016 at 05:24.
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 ∠6° of ♑ Capricorn tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1831" and ∠1906".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 24 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 201 of Meeus index or 1154 from Brown series.
The length of the lunation is 29 days, 8 hours and 6 minutes. It is 36 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 4 hours and 38 minutes shorter than the mean synodic month length. It is 1 hour and 31 minutes longer compared to 21st century's shortest synodic month length.
At the beginning of the lunation cycle the true anomaly is ∠355.6°. At the beginning of next synodic month the true anomaly is going to be ∠10.8°.
5 days after point of apogee on 21 April 2016 at 16:05 in ♎ Libra. 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 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus.
The Moon is 391 365 km (243 183 mi) away from Earth and getting closer over the next 8 days until the point perigee when Earth-Moon distance is going to be 357 828 km (222 344 mi).
8 days after ascending node on 18 April 2016 at 18:04 in ♍ Virgo. The Moon is located north of the ecliptic over the following 5 days, until the lunar orbit crosses from North to South in descending node on 3 May 2016 at 01:27 in ♓ Pisces.
8 days since the beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is navigating from the beginning to the first part of the cycle.
At 04:44 the Moon is meeting its standstill point to reach South declination of ∠-18.382°. Over the next 12 days the lunar orbit is going to extend northward to face maximum declination of ∠18.447° at the point of next standstill in ♊ Gemini on 9 May 2016 at 21:54.
In 9 days on 6 May 2016 at 19:30 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.