Gibbous ♐ Sagittarius
Moon phase on 22 May 2016 Sunday is Full Moon, 15 days old Moon is in Sagittarius.Share this page: twitter facebook linkedin
Moon rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. It is visible all night and it is high in the sky around midnight.
Moon is passing about ∠9° of ♐ Sagittarius tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 5.7% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1789" and ∠1895".
The Full Moon this days is the Flower of May 2016.
There is high Full Moon ocean tide on this date. Combined Sun and Moon gravitational tidal force working on Earth is strong, because of the Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy alignment.
The Moon is 15 days old. Earth's natural satellite is moving through 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°).
3 days after point of apogee on 18 May 2016 at 22:06 in ♎ Libra. The lunar orbit is getting closer, while the Moon is moving inward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 11 days, until it get to the point of next perigee on 3 June 2016 at 10:55 in ♉ Taurus.
Moon is 400 602 km (248 923 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves closer next 11 days until perigee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 361 142 km (224 403 mi).
6 days after its ascending node on 15 May 2016 at 20:39 in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is following the northern part of its orbit for the next 7 days, until it will cross the ecliptic from North to South in descending node on 30 May 2016 at 04:45 in ♓ Pisces.
6 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♍ Virgo, the Moon is moving from the beginning to the first part of it.
12 days after previous North standstill on 9 May 2016 at 21:54 in ♊ Gemini, when Moon has reached northern declination of ∠18.447°. Next day 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.
The Moon is in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun on this date and this alignment forms Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.