Gibbous ♍ Virgo
Moon phase on 15 May 2016 Sunday is Waxing Gibbous, 9 days young Moon is in Virgo.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Previous main lunar phase is the First Quarter before 1 day on 13 May 2016 at 17:02.
Moon rises in the afternoon and sets after midnight to early morning. It is visible to the southeast in early evening and it is up for most of the night.
Moon is passing about ∠15° of ♍ Virgo tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.5% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1796" and ∠1898".
Next Full Moon is the Flower Moon of May 2016 after 6 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15.
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 9 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving from the first to the middle part of current synodic month. This is lunation 202 of Meeus index or 1155 from Brown series.
Length of current 202 lunation is 29 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes. This is the year's shortest synodic month of 2016. It is 31 minutes shorter than next lunation 203 length.
Length of current synodic month is 5 hours and 14 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 55 minutes longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This New Moon true anomaly is ∠10.8°. At beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠27.6°. 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°).
9 days after point of perigee on 6 May 2016 at 04:14 in ♉ Taurus. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 3 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra.
Moon is 399 028 km (247 945 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 3 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 405 934 km (252 236 mi).
Moon is in ascending node in ♍ Virgo at 20:39 on this date, it crosses the ecliptic from South to North. Moon will follow the northern part of its orbit for the next 14 days to meet descending node on 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces.
At 20:39 on this date the Moon is completing its previous draconic month and is entering the new one.
5 days after previous North standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.447°. Next 8 days the lunar orbit moves southward to face South declination of ∠-18.539° in the next southern standstill on 24 May 2016 at 11:16 in ♑ Capricorn.
After 6 days on 21 May 2016 at 21:15 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.